New Delhi: India`s ambitious plan to provide free medicines to all will be launched from October, says a government report.Strongly backed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself, the free-medicines-for-all scheme has received its first financial allocation of Rs.100 crore from the Planning Commission for 2012-13. The entire programme is estimated to cost Rs.28,560 crore over the 12th Five Year Plan. Report of a working group on drugs and food regulation in the 12th Plan said the plan will be operational from October this year. An announcement on the prime minister`s official Facebook page Saturday said the Prime Minister`s Office has asked the health ministry to set up a central procurement agency (CPA) for bulk procurement of drugs as early as possible.
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