Chandigarh, Sep 11 (PTI) The government is encouraging prescription of generic drugs to make medicines affordable to the common people, Union minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey said today.

The Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare also stressed on the need for reformation of villages on sanitation front.

Speaking to mediapersons, he said the government is keeping a close vigil and anyone found selling cardiac stents at prices higher than the range fixed by the government will face severe action.

Choubey also appealed to the entrepreneurs, pharmacists, NGOs and charitable trusts to be a partner in the Jan Aushadhi Schemes, under which the government provides essential medicines at reasonable rates at specially established shops.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream is to implement the project in every nook and corner of country benefitting not only the patients but also the entrepreneurs,” he said.

Choubey also said if people are made more aware about the importance of sanitation it would help them in leading a healthy life.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.