The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 December 2017 approved the continuation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National Ayush Mission (NAM) from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2020.
The government has set aside funds worth Rs 2400 crore for the project over the 3 year period. The Mission was launched in September 2014.
The National Ayush Mission is being implemented by the Ministry of AYUSH with the objective of providing cost-effective AYUSH Services.
The services include universal access which involves, among other things –
• upgradation of AYUSH Hospitals and Dispensaries,
• co-location of AYUSH facilities at Primary Health Centers (PHCs), Community Health Centers (CHCs) and District Hospitals (DHs),
• strengthening institutional capacity at the State level through upgrading AYUSH educational institutions, State Govt, ASU&H Pharmacies,
• Drug Testing Laboratories and ASU & H enforcement mechanism,
• supporting the cultivation of medicinal plants by adopting Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) to provide a sustained supply of quality raw materials and development of infrastructure for medicinal plants storage and marketing.
The NAM aims to address the gaps in health services through supporting the efforts of State/UT Governments for providing AYUSH health services/education in the country, particularly in vulnerable and far-flung areas.
Under the mission, special focus is given to the specific needs of such areas and for allocation of higher resources in their Annual Plans.
Following are the expected outcomes of the Mission:
1. Better access to AYUSH healthcare services through an increased number of healthcare facilities offering AYUSH services and better availability of medicines and trained manpower.
2. Improvement in AYUSH education through a well-equipped enhanced number of AYUSH Educational institutions.
3. Improved availability of quality AYUSH drugs by increased number of quality pharmacies and Drug Testing Laboratories coupled with a stringent enforcement mechanism.
4. Increased awareness and acceptance of the Yoga & Naturopathy as promotive and preventive health-care systems.
5. To meet the increasing domestic demand for herbal raw-materials and also to promote export.
The Mission intends to build on India’s unmatched heritage represented by its ancient systems of medicine like Ayurveda, Sidhha, Unani & Homeopathy (ASU&H), which are a treasure house of knowledge for preventive and promotive health care.
The positive features of the Indian traditional systems of medicine include their diversity and flexibility, accessibility, affordability, growing economic value and a great potential to make them providers of healthcare, fulfilling the need of a large section of the society.