Prime Minister Narendra Modi was visibly moved and at a loss of words as a beneficiary of the Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) thanked him for saving her life. Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana is a central government-sponsored scheme that provides generic medicines at subsidised prices.
#WATCH Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets emotional after Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadi Pariyojana beneficiary Deepa Shah breaks down during interaction with PM. pic.twitter.com/Ihs2kRvkaI— ANI (@ANI) March 7, 2020
In 2011, Dehradun-based Deepa Shah suffered a severe paralysis that left her unable to even speak. "I could not speak. I was getting treatment but the medicines were very expensive. My husband is also disabled. It was very difficult to run the house. But, since the time I started getting your government's medicines, I am better now," Shah told PM Modi as the latter was interacting with owners of Jan Aushadhi Kendras and beneficiaries of PMBJP through videoconference on Saturday.
"Even my doctors had lost hope in me. But I'm much better now as I can afford medicines now under the scheme. I've not seen God, but I see God in you, Modiji," Shah broke down as she thanked the PM for a scheme that helped her access otherwise expensive medical care. According to Shah, she is now just paying Rs 1,500 for medicines that had earlier cost her Rs 12,000.
A visibly moved Modi, remained silent for the next few seconds. Trying to control his emotions, Modi was at a loss of words as a few individuals sitting next to Deepa Shah tried to console her.
PM Modi interacted with a number of beneficiaries of the Jan Aushadhi across the country via videoconference on Saturday. Talking about the impact of the PMBJP initiative, he said every month, over one crore families are getting benefits of cheap medicines from these Jan Aushadhi Kendras. Over 6,000 Jan Aushadhi Kendras across the country have helped people save between Rs 2,000-2,500 crore, he added.