Centre announces key initiatives to boost Ayush infrastructure

Financial aid and necessities were made available to various hospitals in Uttarakhand

The Ministry of AYUSH on Thursday announced a series of initiatives to strengthen the AYUSH infrastructure in the state of Uttarakhand. The initiatives announced under the National AYUSH Mission(NAM) scheme will help in promoting Ayurveda, Unani, Naturopathy, Herbal Medicines and the development of the AYUSH Industry in the state.
Uttarakhand has been blessed with natural resources and vibrant traditions of AYUSH practices which has the capabilities to contribute to the healthcare needs of people in this region.
Union Minister of AYUSH SarbanandaSonowalannounced a series of initiatives for expanding and upgrading AYUSH Infrastructure in the state.
Sonowal, Union Minister of AYUSH, Ports, Shipping & Waterways, said on the occasion, "The next decade will be of Uttarakhand. AYUSH and the tourism sector will see significant growth in the coming years. The government of India has invested 1 lakh crore through various schemes in the state and is making concerted efforts to make Uttarakhand a progressive state."
"Uttarakhand is a land of opportunities and due to its rich biodiversity, it has great potential to contribute to the overall growth of the state. With the aim to strengthen the overall infrastructure, the government of India along with the state government will take rigorous steps in the Uttarakhand valley to implement various schemes. The initiatives and increased investment announced today will help accelerate the growth of AYUSH sector," Sonowal said. 
As the Chief Guest of the programme, AYUSH SAMVAAD, Union Minster of AYUSH, Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Shri SarbanandaSonowalannounced series of initiatives for expanding and upgrading AYUSH Infrastructure in the state.
"In Addition, to ensure access to premier ayurvedic education, a 'MarmaChikitsa' training centre will be made in the Uttarakhand Ayurveda University as the nodal centre for the country, which will help students from across the country and world to specialize themselves in Ayurveda," he said. 
During the inauguration of the program
Image: During the inauguration of the program
"Through this platform, I urge every to work towards making the idea of One Nation One India come true. Other announcement includes establishingten10 bedded hospitals in the state;50-bedded upgraded AYUSH hospital in Kotdwar; 50-bedded Unani hospital in Pirankaliyar, Haridwar; establishment of Government Homeopathic Medical College at Doiwala; provision of mobile AYUSH units (AYUSH Raths)in each district to increase the availability of AYUSH services for the general public; financial assistance for setting up 100 more AYUSH wellness centres in addition to the already existing ones to increase access and availability of AYUSH services to the public," said the minister. 
During the programme, he also announced that to popularize the use of commonly available medicinal plants, National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) will support 200 schools herbal gardens to generate awareness amongst students; NMPB will support 13 nurseries in 13 districts to provide quality planting material to the farmers in Uttarakhand; assistance of 15lakhs per farmer group will be given for setting up a local cluster for value addition, drying, warehousing and augmenting marketing infrastructure for medicinal plants and in 'MarmaChikitsa' Uttarakhand Ayurveda University is to be made the nodal centre for the country.
Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami said that the Uttarakhand Government will extend all support to the National AYUSH Mission to build and strengthen capacities and resources in the area of traditional medicine.
"As we will be celebrating the 25th foundation day of Uttarakhand, we have charted a road map for the development of the state and with joint efforts of central and state governments, Uttarakhand will be one of the progressive states in the areas including AYUSH, healthcare, tourism, and education," he added. 

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