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Govt. provides assistance for encouraging Ayurveda Centers

  • New Delhi: The Government of India has approved and notified Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National AYUSH Mission (NAM) on 29th  September 2014 which envisages better access to AYUSH services; strengthening of AYUSH educational institutions, facilitate the enforcement of quality control of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani & Homoeopathy (ASU &H) drugs and sustainable availability of ASU & H raw-materials by promotion of medicinal plants in the States/UTs during 12th Plan. Under NAM, the Central Government provides financial assistance to the States/UTs for encouraging Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy Centers for the health care of the people of the country as per the State Annual Action Plan (SAAP).
The National AYUSH Mission (NAM) inter-alia makes provision for the following: -
  • (i) Co-location of AYUSH facilities at Primary Health Centers (PHCs), Community Health Centers (CHCs) and District Hospitals (DHs).
  • (ii) Up gradation of exclusive State Government AYUSH Hospitals and Dispensaries.
  • (iii) Setting up of up to 50 bedded integrated AYUSH Hospital.
  • (iv) Upgradation of State Government Educational Institutions.
  •  (v) Setting up of new State Government AYUSH Educational Institutions in the State where it is not available.
  • (vi) Strengthening of State Government/ Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy (ASU&H) Pharmacies and Drug Testing Laboratories (DTL).
  • (vii) Cultivation and Promotion of Medicinal Plants.
  •    Under the Central Sector Scheme for Promotion of Information, Education and Communication (IEC), the Ministry takes up initiatives for propagation and promotion of AYUSH systems of medicines by organizing Arogya fairs/melas, conferences, exhibitions, seminars, workshops, symposium and also undertakes publicity through electronic multimedia/print media campaign for awareness amongst the citizens.
  •       Ministry of AYUSH celebrated ‘National Ayurveda Day’ on the day of Dhanvantari Jayanti (Dhanteras). The theme for year 2016-17 i.e. the first National Ayurveda Day was ‘Ayurveda for Prevention & Control of Diabetes’ which was celebrated on 28th October 2016. Mission Madhumeh was launched on this occasion and Ministry also released a protocol for Prevention & Control of Diabetes through Ayurveda.
  •     Also, AYUSH intervention in National Program for Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease & Stroke (NPCDCS) program is being implemented in one District each in six States viz. Bhilwara (Rajasthan), Surendranagar (Gujarat), Gaya (Bihar), Lahimpur Khiri (Uttar Pradesh), Krishna (Andhra Pradesh) and Darjeeling (West Bengal).
  • This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shri ShripadYesso Naik in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
  • High level committee to examine working of CCIM, CCH and their governing legislation
  • Medical education of the modern medicine is regulated through central regulatory body namely, Medical Council of India (MCI) set up under the provisions of Indian Medical Council (IMC) Act, 1956 through its subordinate regulations.
  • With regard to AYUSH medical education, there are two statutory regulatory bodies namely, Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) and Central Council of Homoeopathy (CCH) set up as per the provisions of Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 and Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973 respectively, which maintain central registers of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy and regulate education and practice of AYUSH systems of medicine through its subordinate regulations.
  • A Committee under the Chairmanship of Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NITI Aayog and Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH as members has been set up to examine the working of the regulatory bodies namely, Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) and Central Council of Homoeopathy(CCH) and their governing legislations namely, Indian Medicine Central Council Act 1970 and Homoeopathy Central Council Act 1973 respectively, for suggesting suitable reforms.    This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shri ShripadYesso Naik in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.
  • The Govt. of India, Ministry of AYUSH has setup Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) as an apex body for formulation, coordination, development and promotion of research in Ayurveda and Sowa Rigpa on scientific lines and research activities in India. Under literary Research, about 3500 palm leaf /paper manuscripts including rare books have been digitized by CCRAS from the different parts of India.
  • The details of efforts taken by CCRAS are as under: -(i) Two formulations viz. AYUSH-82 for diabetics and AYUSH-56 for Rheumatoid arthritis developed by CCRAS have been commercialized;(ii) National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (NPCDCS) has been launched in three State viz. Gujarat, Rajasthan and Bihar.(iii) CCRAS has validated 16 Classical Ayurvedic Formulations in six non communicable diseases. There are 30 research institutes running all over India under CCRAS. The funds are provided to CCRAS directly under Central Sector Scheme; there is no state-wise disbursement in the matter.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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