In a major boost to the initiatives to promote traditional medicinal practices in the Northeast, the Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and AYUSH, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal announced a slew of major initiatives planned to boost the traditional medicinal practices in the north-eastern states of India at a conference held at Assam Administrative Staff College Khanapara, Guwahati yesterday.
The conference of AYUSH and Health Ministers of north-eastern states for promotion of Ayush systems was graced by Chief Minister of Assam, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma as the Chief Guest, the Union Minister of State for AYUSH and Women & Child Development Dr Munjpara Mahendrabhai Kalubhai, Health Ministers of Assam, Nagaland and Sikkim along with senior officials of north eastern states as well as industry leaders.
The Union minister announced that as many as 1000 new Health & Wellness Centres (HWC), as part of the National Ayush Mission (NAM) Scheme, will be opened in the NE states for growth and development of Ayush systems. The aim of these centres is to provide a holistic wellness model based on principles of Ayush systems of medicine. A total of 12,500 HWC are to be operationalised in the country. To boost the popularity of traditional medicines provided by Ayush, the minister announced setting up of 100 Ayush dispensaries under NAM in the Northeast region.
Rs 70 Crores financial provision announced for a new Ayurvedic College at Dudhnoi in Goalpara. Financial grant of Rs 10 Crores announced for Ayurvedic College, Guwahati to be developed as Centre of Excellence.In order to boost the education and training of Ayush medicinal experts, financial provision of Rs 70 crore, under NAM support, is to be provided for establishment of a new Ayurvedic College at Dudhnoi in Goalpara, announced the Union Minister while addressing the media. The Ministry of Ayush has decided to upgrade the Government Ayurvedic College in Guwahati and develop it as a Centre of Excellence. A sum of Rs 10 crore as financial grant is to be provided in this regard. All states of the Northeast were requested to put up specific proposal to the ministry to open new Ayush educational institutions.
A facilitation Centre for Semi Processing of raw material is going to be opened up in NE. Along with this, it is also envisaged to set up Regional Raw Drug Repository (RRDR) in NE states in collaboration with National Institute of Bio-resources and sustainable development in Imphal, Manipur under Department of Bio-Technology. This is under National Medicinal Plants board. Ministry of Ayush is implementing Central Sector Scheme on Conservation, Development and Sustainable Management of Medicinal Plants. This Scheme has provision to support joint forest management committees (JFMCs) for value addition, drying, warehousing and augmenting marketing infrastructure.
The Ayush-Health Management Information System (AHMIS) is a comprehensive IT platform to effectively manage all function of health care delivery systems and patient care in Ayush facilities. It is developed with an aim to improve patient care, work efficiency, effective management and scientific documentation and research of Ayush.
The strategic policy & facilitation bureau at Invest India under the aegis of Ministry of Ayush will coordinate with and encourage potential investors to invest in Ayush and wellness centres in NE states including manufacturing and services. Medical value travel promotion in NE states will be a priority area for the team.