Strenuous efforts being made to promote Ayurveda globally: Dr Jitendra Singh

Union Ministers Dr Jitendra Singh and Shripad Yesso Naik laying of e-foundation for Post Harvest Management Centre for Medicinal Plants at Bhaderwah, on Friday.

BHADERWAH: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik and Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry for Development of North Eastern Region, Dr Jitendra Singh on Friday laid e-foundation for Post Harvest Management Centre for Medicinal Plants in the premises of Institute of High Altitude Medicinal Plant under National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry of AYUSH besides e-inaugurating 21 AYUSH Health and Wellness Centres upgraded under Ayushman Bharat operational at Kathua, Samba and Jammu districts.
Among others who attended the programme through Video Conferencing included Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education, J&K, Atal Dulloo; Joint Secretary Ministry of AYUSH, Roshan Jaggi besides Deputy Commissioner, Doda, Dr Sagar D Doifode; Director ISM, ADC Bhaderwah, ASP Bhaderwah, CEO Bhaderwah Development Authority and other senior officers.
Dr Jitendra Singh, while speaking on the occasion, said that persistence efforts have been made to establish the first of its kind institute in Bhaderwah area. He lauded the efforts of district administration for taking the project on war footing basis for larger interest of farmer’s fraternity.
While addressing the participants, Shripad Yesso Naik said that almost 194 AYUSH Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) worth Rs 11 crore have been sanctioned for the UT in the last two years, of which, more than 50 have been made operational with the availability of latest IT equipments, availability of medicine, doctors etc. He said that AYUSH has reoriented the health facilities across the country and is playing pivotal role even during this time of COVID-19 pandemic.
He said that 4 new AYUSH hospitals were earlier sanctioned for J&K and the construction work on all of those is going on fast pace, one Ayurveda College at Jammu has already been made functional while the Unani Medical College at Kashmir is at completion stage and shall start functioning in the coming days.
He asked the UT administration to start recruitment process for these institutions and assured that funds will be made available to the concerned to ensure further streamlining of the sector in the UT.
He informed that so far around Rs 4 crore have been released for establishment of different components of Institute of Medicinal Plants. He further informed that during the current financial year 100 more AYUSH Health and Wellness Centres have been approved for J&K taking the total figure of approved AYUSH HWCs to 194. The Ministry of AYUSH is also promoting cluster cultivation in far flung areas suitable for herbal cultivation and shall also promote the Atma Nirbhar Abhiyan under the sector, he added.
Atal Dulloo informed that the components which are being established in the Institute of High Altitude Medicinal Plants include District Collection Centre, Drying shed and Storage Godown (Post Harvest Management Centre).
Director Indian Systems of Medicine (AYUSH), Dr Mohan Singh, briefed the participants on the objective of Institute of High Altitude Medicinal Plants being established at Bhaderwah in district Doda and AYUSH HWCs being established across J&K.
Deputy Commissioner, Doda, Dr Sagar D Doifode, informed that the Revenue department shall ensure that each and every ISM Dispensary currently functioning in rented buildings shall be provided government land.