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Bangla Sahib Gurdwara opens low-cost pharmacy, does about Rs 1 lakh business a day

'Bala Pritam Dawakhana' at Delhi's Bangla Sahib Gurdwara was inaugurated on 29 August. It opens at 10 am and functions till 8 pm, Monday to Saturday.

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New Delhi: After providing food for thousands during the pandemic, the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara in Delhi has now opened a pharmacy in its premises to sell medicines at subsidised rates.

Inaugurated on 29 August, the pharmacy is called ‘Bala Pritam Dawakhana’ and is run by trained pharmacists. It remains open from 10 am to 8 pm, Monday to Saturday. Hundreds have been visiting the pharmacy every day and a crowd can be seen gathered outside the shop even before it opens.

Medicines for diabetes, neurological illnesses, heart diseases and so on are available in the pharmacy. The gurdwara also arranges for any particular medicine that a patient needs.

Pharmacist Amarjit Kaur, who manages the shop, told ThePrint, “We do not believe in competing with other chemist shops. We just want to provide medicines at affordable prices so that people do not have to suffer because of their unavailability.”

The discounts on the medicines vary, but a maximum rebate of 70 per cent is given on particular drugs. In the days since its opening, the shop has witnessed a sale of more than Rs 1 lakh each day.

ThePrint’s photojournalist Manisha Mondal visited the shop at Bangla Sahib Gurdwara to see how business was going.

The shop opens at 10 in the morning, but people stand in queue before that as the crowd increases with the day | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
People queue up outside the pharmacy even before it opens | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A Muslim man buys medicine | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
People of all faiths are welcome at the pharmacy | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A woman sits while standing in queue | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Special medicines are also arranged by the pharmacy on request | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
There are medicines available in different categories | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Medicines for diabetes, neurological illnesses, heart diseases and so on are available | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Medicines are also available if an individual asks for it | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
The pharmacy is an initiative of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A physically handicapped man sits on the stairs while waiting for his turn | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A man waits on the stairs for his turn, outside the pharmacy | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A woman sorts out doctors prescription | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Scores have turned up at the pharmacy which provides medicines at subsidised rates | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Tired people sit at the side while waiting for their turn | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
People in masks wait to shop at pharmacy, though social distancing isn’t strictly followed | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Since the shop has opened there has been a sell of one lakh rupees each day | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
The pharmacy has seen a sale of over Rs 1 lakh daily in the three days since it was inaugurated | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint


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    1. Pangraf 2mg
    2. Pangraf 0.25 MG
    3 cellcept 500 mg

  2. My husband takes Oxera 10 for sugar which counts Much especially in pandemic time

    Before coming to you I wanted to know are you having idea 10 with you sk that I may come and purchase

  3. Very good and noble service to people especially senior citizens. God bless you very much…best wishes from bengal.

  4. Respected sir
    Glad to see a big relief for madical help with very reasonable price but very much disappoinded to see thier plantey of seaniour citzens were there without any medicine standing with the risk level of covid 19 very ir responsible staff were refusing to saying big no for medicine even the server was out of order and not even any satisfactory reason or any guidelines for further statutes for medicine I have a humble request to the authorities to provide medicines in a grase way or stop advertising

  5. Mai suger ka marij hun.jyada chal phir sakta.I and my wife.both are 70years old. Lives alone in Mansarover park Shahdara.mai insulin Lantos andtridgenta leta hun.kafi mehngai hai kaya I
    Low Price mai mil sakti hai.

  6. Mujhe Oximeter ( 1 )
    Losat 50
    Losar H
    Nebicard 2.5
    all 2- 2 ptte chahiye
    I live in Noida

  7. Good peoples leave trucks full of vegetables, Daal, flour and other foods front of Gurdwaras for distribution by Gurdwara volunteers.
    May be someone will also leave trucks full of Medicine. All super rich to very poor sikhs do seva in Langar.
    I pray to God to have more Sikhs in India and the whole world.

  8. Waheguru da khalsa waheguru Di fateh,
    Ham pure rajyo me suplykr skte hai

    Mai Maharashtra, Nagpur se bat kr rh hu
    Mera ek mat hai waheguru Ka kam ham pure rajyo chlya jai eske Lia kya krna chahia bataeye
    Ham ek hoke Kam krenge
    Pure desh me medicin line lut Machi hai

    Ensanitay Khatam ho chuka hai bhut bhut lut Machi koe Apne bachho ko marte kaise Dekh skhti hai magar Uske piche Raj uska mehngae aur uper dawa . Eslia hame Kam krna Hoga. Nagpur -441110

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