“The DMK regime has introduced many welfare schemes under the stewardship of Chief Minister M. Karunanadhi and the objective of inaugurating medical shops was to provide medicines to the poor at affordable costs,” said Minister for Cooperation Ko. Si. Mani. The Minister inaugurated the fully air-conditioned Chintamani Cooperative Stores owned by the Park Town Co-operative Wholesale Stores Limited, recently.
He said that the dispensaries started by the State Government is running much to the satisfaction of poor people, who were earlier daunted by time-barred or spurious drugs. Unlike the other medical shops, the ones run by the Cooperative Department would provide 15 per cent discount below the maximum retail price.
To control the price rise and ensure fair distribution of essential commodities to the people, these cooperative stores were started and has been functioning with great records, the Minister added. Apart from provision items, daily use items are being made available through cooperative stores and people should support these shops, he said.
The inauguration function was attended by Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Yathindranath Swain, Chennai Regional Additional Registrar of Cooperative Societies, R. Jayaram, and special officer of the Chintamani Stores R. Chitra.
A 17 per cent discount is being offered on generic and life saving drugs to Medicard users in the city by six Government-run pharmacies, according to Triplicane Urban Co-operative Society (TUCS) Joint Registrar / Special Officer, R.G. Sakthi Saravanan.
At present, Kamadhenu Co-operative Pharmacy is offering 15 per cent discount on the total bill and those possessing Medicard will get additional discount of two per cent.
So far, 2,000 cards have been issued to Government employees and TUCS plans to issue 1 lakh cards to its customers free-of-cost. All that a customer has to do is to fill up the registration form by giving the basic details such as telephone number, e-mail ID, blood group and profession along with their periodical requirement of medicine for diabetics, blood pressure or cardiac.
Mr. Saravanan said that currently, 14 Government-run shops are functioning in the city and 10 more will be opened before the year-end.