Jammu : Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development and Ministry of AYUSH, Dr Munjapara Mahendrabhai on Friday said that the Union Government has launched various social and health sector schemes to develop Jammu and Kashmir as a World Class Health and Wellness Tourist Destination.
Interacting with the Media persons at Patnitop on culmination of his two days tour to district Ramban under Public Outreach Programme, he said, “the Union Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Public Outreach Programme to reach out at the grass-root level to listen to the issues of the general public, besides reviewing development scenarios of the districts of UT of J&K.”
He said that the Centrally Sponsored Schemes launched for the development and welfare of people have a great impact in ameliorating the socio-economic conditions of the people.
Dr Munjapara said, the Prime Minister has assured for providing liberal funding and all necessary supports to develop necessary infrastructure and human resources under Social Welfare sector for the upliftment of women and children, destitute and other weaker and marginalized sections of society, besides developing infrastructure in AYUSH Department to provide quality health services under the sector to the people of UT of Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier, the Minister inaugurated an exhibition-cum-demonstration camp organized by the AYUSH department at Patnitop in which various stalls including NCD screening, Diet and Nutrition under Ayush Poshan, Prakriti Assessment, Yoga and Lifestyle Counselling, Health check-up, medicine distribution and promotion of medicinal plants and Herbs for plantation on commercial purpose.
He also distributed medicinal plants among farmers on the occasion.
Dr Munjapara also launched a promotional film ‘Ayush ke Badhte Kadam in Jammu and Kashmir’ highlighting journey of development of infrastructure in AYUSH sector and promotion of treatment of all diseases especially life style diseases with Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, besides launching of AYUSH IEC material to launch UT wide campaign to sensitize the people about benefits of AYUSH treatment at Patnitop on the eve of Seventh National Ayurveda Day.
Dr Munjapara directed the AYUSH, Agriculture and allied departments to promote the cultivation of medicinal plants to meet the requirement of herbs for the preparation of medicines, saying that it would also go a long way in enhancing the income of the farmers.
He also directed the ICDS department to plant more identified plants in Poshan Vatikas of Anganwari Centres under the Prime Minister’s Programme ‘Healthy Bharat, Strong Bharat’.
The Minister appreciated the role of AYUSH doctors, ASHA and Anganwari workers in fighting against COVID-19 during the world pandemic.
He said that services of AYUSH and Allopathic doctors would be provided at the same locations for the convenience of patients.
Highlighting the achievements and future planning to develop AYUSH, Dr. Munjapara said that keeping in view the importance of AYUSH, the Prime Minister has established a full-fledged Ministry of AYUSH and has allocated funds to the tune of Rs Over 3000 crores for the Ministry.
The Minister said that a Homoeopathy and Siddha College would also be established in UT on the recommendation of UT of J&K.