Alternative medicine

Nearly Rs 400 cr spent on research on Ayurveda, yoga and other alternative medicine: Govt

The government has established research institutes for Ayurveda, Yoga, Homeopathy, Unani Medicine and Siddha Medicine in the country. The government has deployed nearly Rs 400 crore in setting up these centers.

Minister of Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) Sarbananda Sonowal said in the Lok Sabha that the ministry has established central research institutes operating under five research councils, including the Council Center for Ayurvedic Science Research (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS), Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (CCRH), and Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN).

Each of these councils has under its supervision regional research institutes and clinical research institutes and units.

So far, the amount deployed by CCRAS for its nine research institutes is Rs 70.90 crore, of which Rs 27.42 crore has been utilized. The government provided Rs 58.57 crore in 2017-18 for CCRS which was fully utilized.

CCRUM was awarded Rs 18.72 crore, which was fully utilized, when CRIUM Lucknow moved into its own building in 2014 from rented accommodation.

The government has given the FRCC Rs 107.54 crore to set up four of its research institutes. So far, Rs 72.90 crore has been used from there, and the rest is in use. The government has given Rs 121.24 crore to CCRYN for its three research institutes, which have been fully utilized.

The government is also implementing several programs such as Extra-Mural Research (EMR) Projects, Ayush Oushadhi Gunvatta Evum Uttapadan Sanvardhan Yojna (AOGUSY) Scheme, Champion Services Sector Scheme, Ayurswasthya Yojana Scheme to promote private research institutes , as well as international and national conferences, seminars, workshops, training programs which are organized to adopt the latest medical advances, the ministry said.

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