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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Kerala AYUSH department- Final nod

Kerala is all set to establish the AYUSH department, with the government giving its final nod to it after a long delay. All the proceedings have been completed for its creation, which is envisaged to strengthen the Indian System of Medicines. The Institute of Management in Government and the Perssonel and Administration Reforms Department had given positive reports.
The Chief Minister has signed the file regarding the department. “It is now to be placed in the Cabinet for the final approval,” Health Minister V S Sivakumar said on Monday. He said that the proposal was likely to be placed in the coming Cabinet. Noting that the government had taken the initiate for setting up the department, Minister Sivakumar said that the state expected more central funds once the department was formed.
For setting up the department, the government did not have any additional financial burden. There was no need for creating any additional posts and no money was needed from the state exchequer.
Once the department comes up, it will give an impetus to the growth of traditional medicines. It will help modernise hospitals, push up research activities, develop education, improve the quality of drugs and the availability of medicinal plants. 
Earlier, there were reports that the state was losing big money from the Centre as part of its allotment to the AYUSH Department. The delay had resulted in the state losing funds for the different schemes under AYUSH. And some of the funds that had been allotted could not be used effectively. Official apathy was alleged to have led to the delay in setting up the department. It was alleged that some officials in the health department were creating certain impediments even though the government had no financial burden. 
Indian System of Medicines state director Anitha Jacob opined that the setting up of the AYUSh department would help in the development of all traditional systems of medicines. “We will get more funds from the Centre, which will help improve the quality of the various systems,” she said. The process for AYUSH department had started about a year ago.


The Government order here GOVT.Order

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