Guwahati: As many as 1000 new Health & Wellness Centres (HWC) to be opened in the Northeastern region for growth and development of Ayush systems, stated Ayush Minister Sarbanda Sonowal on Saturday as a part of the major initiatives planned to boost the traditional medicinal practices in the north-eastern states.
The aim of these centres is to provide a holistic wellness model based on principles of Ayush systems of medicine. A total of 12,500 HWC are to be operationalised in the country by the Ministry of Ayush.
To boost the popularity of traditional medicines provided by Ayush, the minister announced setting up of 100 Ayush dispensaries under NAM in the northeast region.
Financial provision of Rs 70 crore under NAM support will also be provided for establishment of a new Ayurvedic College at Dudhnoi in Goalpara to boost the education and training of Ayush medicinal experts.
The Ministry has also decided to upgrade the Government Ayurvedic College in Guwahati and develop it as a Centre of Excellence. A sum of Rs 10 crore as financial grant is to be provided in this regard.
Sonowal has further requested the states to put up specific proposal to the ministry for open new Ayush educational institutions.
A facilitation Centre for Semi Processing of raw material is going to be opened up in NE. Along with this, it is also envisaged to set up Regional Raw Drug Repository (RRDR) in NE states in collaboration with National Institute of Bio-Resources and Sustainable Development in Imphal, Manipur under Department of Bio-Technology.
The strategic policy & facilitation bureau at Invest India, under the aegis of Ministry of Ayush, will coordinate with and encourage potential investors to in Ayush and wellness centres in NE states including manufacturing and services.
Medical value travel promotion in NE states will be a priority area for the team, stated Sonowal.
The conference of AYUSH and Health Ministers of North-eastern states for promotion of Ayush systems was graced by Chief Ministers of Assam, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, as the Chief Guest.
The Union Minister of State for AYUSH and Women & Child Development, Dr Munjpara Mahendrabhai Kalubhai, Health Ministers of Assam, Nagaland and Sikkim along with senior officials of NorthEastern states as well as industry leaders were present at this conference.