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Gireesh Babu, New Delhi August 02 , 2022
The Ministry of Ayush has so far released Rs. 3,119 crore from 2014-15 as grant-in-aid to support the State/UT governments for various activities including Ayush treatment facilities under the National Ayush Mission (NAM). The highest amount has been released to Uttar Pradesh, followed by Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, according to the Ministry of Ayush data.

While public health is a State subject, and the primary responsibility to provide Ayush treatment facilities across the country lies with the respective State/UT governments,, under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of the National Ayush Mission (NAM), there is a provision of financial assistance to support the efforts of State/UT government.

The Scheme is for promoting treatment through Ayush systems by different activities like setting up of 50/30/10 bedded integrated Ayush hospitals, upgradation of standalone government Ayush hospitals & dispensaries, co-location of Ayush facilities at Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and District Hospitals (DHs) and operationalization of Ayush Health & Wellness Centres (AHWCs), said Sarbananda Sonowal, minister of Ayush, recently in the Lok Sabha.

“In this regard, the Ministry of Ayush has supported the State/UT governments and released a grant-in-aid of Rs. 3119.46 crore from 2014-15 to till date as per the proposals received from State/UT governments through State Annual Action Plans (SAAPs) for various activities including Ayush treatment facilities,” said the Minister.

The data shows that from 2014-15, the Centre has released Rs. 632.47 crore to Uttar Pradesh, followed by Rs. 251.76 crore to Madhya Pradesh, Rs. 230.51 crore to Rajasthan, among others. While NAM fund release to Gujarat was Rs. 86.34 crore, and Maharashtra received Rs. 84.39 crore, states including Karnataka (Rs. 137.06 crore), Tamil Nadu (Rs. 121.42 crore), Kerala (Rs. 121.45 crore) and West Bengal (Rs. 118.56 crore) were also in the top list of funding.

Further, under NAM, the Ministry of Ayush has approved 108 upto 50 bedded integrated Ayush hospitals including the system of Ayurveda in the States/UTs as per the proposals received from them through State Annual Action Plans (SAAPs), said the Minister.

At present a total of 3,859 Ayush hospitals and 29,951 Ayush dispensaries (both including the CGHS and Central government organisations) are functional in various parts of the country. This includes 2,983 Ayurveda hospitals, 265 Unani hospitals, 296 Siddha hospitals, 262 Homoeopathy hospitals, 38 naturopathy hospitals, 13 Yoga hospitals and two Sowa Rigpa hospitals.

Out of the total dispensaries 18,740 are Ayurveda, 8230 Homoeopathy, 1,748 Unani, 859 Siddha, 230 Yoga, 110 naturopathy and 34 Sowa Rigpa dispensaries are there.

There are a total of 7,12,132 Ayush registered practitioners in the country as on January 1, 2020, of which 3,64,640 are Ayurveda doctors, 2,86,430 Homoeopathy, 48,248 Unani, 8,670 Siddha, 4,097 naturopathy and 47 Sowa Rigpa doctors are included, says the Ministry of Ayush documents.

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