Ministry of AYUSH to organise global Surya Namaskar Demonstration programme on Makar Sakranti

The Ministry of AYUSH is organizing a global Surya Namaskar Demonstration programme on 14 January 2022 for 75 lakh people globally (on the day of Makar Sakranti to commemorate the journey of the sun to the Northern Hemisphere). This occasion commemorates thanksgiving to ‘Mother Nature’ for bestowing health, wealth and happiness. On this day, the ‘Surya Namaskar’ is offered as a salutation to the Sun to exhibit one’s gratitude for each of its rays as it nurtures all living beings. The Sun, as the primary source of energy, is critical not only for the continuation of the food-chain but it also energizes the mind and body of human beings. Scientifically, the Surya Namaskar has been known to develop immunity and improve vitality, which is significant to our health during pandemic conditions. Exposure to the Sun further provides the human body with Vitamin D, which has been widely recommended in all medical branches around the world.

The mass Surya Namaskar demonstration also intends to carry the message of climate change and global warming. In today’s world where climate consciousness is imperative, the implementation of solar e-energy (green energy) in daily life will greatly reduce carbon emissions that threaten the planet.

Further, the event will underline the importance of Makar Sakranti in our cultural and spiritual heritage. The Surya Namaskar is a set of 8 Asanas performed in 12 steps with coordination of the body and mind. It is preferably performed in the early morning.

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AYUSH Ministry gives major boost to healthcare facilities in Uttar Pradesh; to invest ₹553.36 crore under National AYUSH Mission

  • Eight AYUSH Integrated Hospitals with 50 beds inaugurated in eight cities of the state
  • 500 AYUSH Health & Wellness Centres inaugurated
  • AYUSH Educational Institute (Ayurveda) to be set up in Ayodhya at a cost of ₹49.83 crores
  • Six new 50 bedded integrated Ayush Hospitals to be set up in six cities
  • 250 new AYUSH dispensaries to come up in different districts of the state
  • A total amount of ₹ 553.36 crore has been released by the Government of India to Uttar Pradesh for various activities under the National AYUSH Mission (NAM)

The Ministry of AYUSH announced a slew of major initiatives to push healthcare facilities in the state of Uttar Pradesh today. A total amount of 553.36 crore has been released by the Government of India to Uttar Pradesh for various activities under the National AYUSH Mission. These major announcements were made by Union Minister of AYUSH and Ports, Shipping & Waterways Shri Sarbananda Sonowal today in the presence of Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath.

In an effort towards building a sustainable, effective and affordable healthcare in the country, eight new 50 bedded integrated AYUSH hospitals were inaugurated. These are located in Deoria, Koushambi, Sonbhadra, Lucknow, Kanpur, Sant Kabir Nagar, Kanpur Dehat, and Lalitpur. These were built with a total capital outlay of 72 crores. A total of 500 new AYUSH Health & Wellness Centres (HWCs) were also inaugurated in different parts of the state.  

Building upon this strong foundation of healthcare for people, the Union Minister laid foundation stone for a new AYUSH Educational Institute for Ayurveda with a capital outlay 49.83 Crores. This new institute of Ayurveda will come up in Ayodhya. Further, foundation stones were also laid for six new 50 bedded hospitals which will come up in Unnao, Shrawasti, Hardoi, Gorakhpur, Sambhal and Mirzapur. The total outlay for this project is planned at 78 crores. A total of 250 new AYUSH dispensaries will also be constructed in different districts of the state.

Speaking about the role of AYUSH in building a robust healthcare delivery system in the state, Shri Sonowal said, that construction of these 50-bedded integrated AYUSH hospitals, the public will get proper benefits of various AYUSH systems of medicine for their overall health. He further said that AYUSH Health & Wellness Center has been mainly constructed at the primary level, with the objective of taking care of the overall health of the people based on AYUSH principles and practices, so that people can lead a healthy life.

On this occasion, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath said, that steps taken by the AYUSH Ministry will tremendously help common people.

The Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National AYUSH Mission being implemented by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India since 2014, aims at providing cost effective AYUSH services with a universal reach through up-gradation of AYUSH hospitals and dispensaries. Apart from this, strengthening the institutional capacity at the state level by upgrading AYUSH educational institutions and setting up of 50/30/10 bedded integrated AYUSH hospital is also one of the main objectives of this mission.

The Union Cabinet has also approved the operationalization of 12,500 AYUSH Health & Wellness Centers (AYUSH Health & Wellness Centers) component under Ayushman Bharat for implementation through National AYUSH Mission for the period up to 2023-24. The objective of this component is to provide the services of a holistic health model based on AYUSH principles and practices to reduce the burden of disease and empower the public for “self-care”. Now, through the implementation of the National AYUSH Mission in the second phase which will continue till 2025-26, it is also proposed to launch a targeted AYUSH public health program involving States and Union Territories.


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AYUSH Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal announces key initiatives to upgrade infrastructure and increase access to AYUSH services in Uttarakhand

  • Series of initiatives under the National AYUSH Mission include establishment of ten 10 bedded new AYUSH hospitals,50 bedded upgraded Government AYUSH hospital in Kotdwar, 50 bedded Unani hospital at PiranKaliyar,
  • Financial assistance to be provided to add 100 new AYUSHWellness Centers in the state in addition to the already existing ones
  • Announcements made by Union Minster of AYUSH, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal at the AYUSH Samvaadevent, an initiative by the Uttarakhand State Government

The Ministry of AYUSH today 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 development of 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.

As the Chief Guest of the programme, AYUSH SAMVAAD, Union Minster of AYUSH, Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal announced series of initiatives for expanding and upgrading AYUSH Infrastructure in the state. Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami was also present on this occasion.

Addressing the gathering Shri Sonowal, said that the next decade AYUSH and tourism sector will see significant growth in the Uttarakhand. The government of India has invested 1 lakh crore through various schemes in the state and is making concerted efforts to make Uttarakhand as 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. In Addition, to ensure access to premier ayurvedic education, a ‘Marma Chikitsa’ training center 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. Through this platform, I urge every to work towards making the idea of One Nation One India come true.” The Minister further added. 

Other announcement includes establishing 10 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 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.

During the programme, it was also announced that to popularize the use of commonly available medicinal plants, National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) will support 200 school herbal garden to generate awareness amongst students; NMPB will support 13 nurseries in 13 districts to provide quality planting material to the farmers in Uttarakhand; an assistance of 15lakhs per farmer group will be given for setting up 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.

On this occasion, Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami said that Utterakhand 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 estates in the areas including of AYUSH, healthcare, tourism, and education.


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Union Ayush Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurates ‘Ayush Van’ in Gandhidham

Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and AYUSH Shri Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated Ayush Van, a dedicated forest for Ayurvedic plants in a program held at the Deendayal Port Trust (DPT)– Rotary Forest in the city. The Ayush Van was set up in 30 acres of land allotted by DPT in green-belt area where tree plantation is being done to improve greenery in urban area and increase density of tree cover in the Kutch region. The Union Minister also planted a sapling to mark the opening.

Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister appreciated all stakeholders for developing the Ayush Van and highlighted the huge potential and benefits of medicinal plants of India. The Minister also shed light on the works carried out by the Ministry of Ayush in realising the potential of India’s traditional systems of medicine. “Under the

leadership of PM Shri Narendra Modi ji, Ayush has reached the global stage and is now becoming one of the major systems of wellbeing accepted globally.

Member of parliament from Kachchh Shri Vinod Chavda, MLA Gandhidham Smt Malti Maheshwari, officials and dignitaries were present on the occasion.



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Ayush Aahar should be promoted throughout the country: Shri Sarbanand Sonowal

Union Minister of Ayush and Ports, Shipping & Waterways Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, said today that the Ministry should promote Ayush Aahar throughout the country. This will also help saving the youth from the ills of junk food. The Minister was visiting the Central Councils Common Building Complex (CCCBC) in Janakpuri, New Delhi where he interacted with officers and scientists of all five research councils and two National Commissions under the Ministry that are located in the premises.

It is noteworthy that the Minsitry of Ayush is promoting Ayush based diet & lifestyle and is working in convergence with the Ministry of Women & Child Development in the Poshan Abhiyan to realize the ultimate goal of ‘Suposhit Bharat’. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in convergence with Ministry of Ayush has also released draft guidelines on Ayush Aahar, which will facilitate standardized Ayush based Aahar.

The research councils namely, the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), the Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN), the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) and the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) have their headquarters located in the building whereas the Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS) has its satellite office in the building complex. Further, the recently constituted National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM) and the National Commission for Homoeopathy (NCH) have their offices in the building premises. Today was the first visit of the Minister to the Research Councils and National Commissions.

In the interactive session with officials and scientists, the Minister emphasized on the involvement of people till the grassroot level. He also added that team spirit and hard work is needed to bring in effective change. The results of hard work of the fraternity including the scientists, professors, doctors, technicians need to be propagated across the country and all around the world. He further said that the experience and expertise of the senior officials of the Councils, Commissions need to be utilised to enhance Ayush propagation.

During the interaction, Ayush Secretary, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha stressed on two things. He stressed that competency building should be the priority of all councils and ‘our research councils should develop such modalities that various units attached with these councils get more freedom to innovate’.

During the visit the Minister also released the book titled ‘Quality and Safety of select Rasakalpa – Metal & Mineral based Ayurvedic Formulations, Volume:6’. The book deals with Standard Operative Procedures, Chemical Analysis and preclinical Safety/toxicity studies on Trivanga Bhasma (calcined mixture of tin, lead & zinc) carried out in various institutes. He also launched the NCISM Portal which will be utilized to collect details of activities and programmes conducted under the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ campaign which is connecting 75000 educational institutions from across the country.

The Minister further visited the Ethno-medico-Botanical division of CCRAS where he interacted with the scientists at length on issues ranging from routine functioning to specific research activities. The Minister appreciated the efforts of the Council in the direction of tribal welfare. He also instructed that more efforts may be put in for understanding the local health traditions of tribal communities who maintain a good health without ever visiting modern healthcare facilities.

Further, he visited CCRUM library and was briefed by about the large collection of about 200 manuscripts and as many as 17000 scientific documents. He was also informed about the scientific activities and publications of CCRUM. The Minister also showed keen interest in the research publications of the Council. During his visit to the offices of CCRAS, the Minister inspected various divisions of the Council and interacted with the heads of the divisions and staff members.

The NCISM Chairman, Vaidya Jayant Deopujari, informed the Minister that the current focus of the Commission is on two issues one, developing competency based curriculum; second, rating and permission of Ayush educational institutions. He further added that the commission is trying to include more than 3 lakh Ayush practitioners in the national registry of NCISM where about 28000 practitioners from 10 states have already been included.



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