9 december, New Delhi.
Today in Rajya Sabha The Minister of State (IC), Ministry of AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik stated that the Government of India has approved and notified National AYUSH Mission (NAM) on 29.09.2014, which envisages better access to AYUSH services including Ayurvedic system, strengthening of AYUSH educational institutions, facilitate the enforcement of quality control of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani & Homoeopathy (ASU & H) drugs and sustainable availability of raw-materials for manufacture of ASU & H drugs in the States/UTs during 12th Plan.
The co-location of AYUSH facilities at Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) & District Hospitals (DHs) and up gradation of exclusive AYUSH Hospitals, including Yoga & Naturopathy facilities are included in the AYUSH Services component of NAM. The State/UT Governments are required to forward their State Annual Action Plan (SAAP) for seeking grant-in-aid for this purpose.
Under flexible components of National AYUSH Mission, a provision has also been kept for AYUSH Wellness Centres, including Yoga & Naturopathy Centres.
Besides, the Government has established 5 Central Research Councils, including one each for Ayurveda and Yoga & Naturopathy, which have a network of institutions for carrying out research and some of these also extend healthcare services. The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences has 30 peripheral institutes, 24 of which extend healthcare services. The Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy is presently having one Research Institute and two more such institutes are under development.