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Updated December 30th, 2023 at 17:31 IST

Modi Ki Dukaan: A Lifeline for Affordable Healthcare in Srinagar

In the heart of Srinagar, Modi Ki Dukaan or Jan Aushadhi Kendra is making a significant impact on affordable healthcare. Customers express gratitude for it.

Reported by: Zeenat Zeeshan Fazil
Edited by: Shweta Singh
In the heart of Srinagar, an affordable healthcare known as “Modi Ki Dukaan” or Jan Aushadhi Kendra has been transforming lives of patients
Modi Ki Dukaan: Affordable Healthcare Lifeline in Srinagar | Image:Republic
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Jammu & Kashmir: In the heart of Srinagar, an affordable healthcare known as “Modi Ki Dukaan” or Jan Aushadhi Kendra has been transforming lives of patients.

This unique initiative, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, aims to make essential medicines accessible to all, especially those who struggle with the high costs at private chemist shops.

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Jan Aushadhi Kendra, located in Rainawari area in Srinagar, has become a lifeline for the community. Priced at a mere Rs11, medicines that could cost up to Rs 150 in the market are now within reach for the people.

Approximately 400-500 visitors frequent the Kendra daily, finding relief in the significantly reduced prices compared to private establishments. Operated with the support of the Directorate of Health services, Kashmir, “Modi Ki Dukhan” has successfully managed to bridge the affordability gap in healthcare.

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The centre boasts consistent stock availability and even though occasional shortages occur, the committed team ensures that the gap is swiftly filled. A striking photograph of Prime Minister Modi adorns the Kendra, serving as a magnet for visitors.

“The popularity of the Prime Minister and his commitment to public welfare has created a unique association, with many of us (locals) affectionately referring to it as the “PM shop” said a local

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Customers at the Jan Aushadhi Kendra also express their gratitude for the initiative.  “The prices here are a game-changer. I can afford the medicines I need for my treatment without breaking the bank,” said Mohammad Sultan Bhat, a customer.

“Private chemist shops have created a loot in the market, but here, we get quality medicines at a fraction of the cost” said Fayaz Ahmed, a customer. With plans for service up gradation and the inclusion of more medicines on the horizon, the Kendra aims to be a comprehensive healthcare solution for the community.

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The goal is to alleviate the burden on patients by offering a wide range of affordable medications. Jan Aushadhi Kendra is not just a shop, it’s a movement. The initiative not only provides affordable medicines but also fosters awareness about the importance of continuing treatments. A group of patients who had come to buy medicines urges others, saying, “Don't leave your treatments because of the cost. Visit such Kendras and feel the difference,”

Modi Ki Dukhan stands as an evidenceto the success of public-private collaboration in addressing the healthcare needs of the people.

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Published December 30th, 2023 at 17:31 IST

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