We must take pride in our heritage: PM Narendra Modi

Morning Current Affairs 17 October 2017

"The AYUSH Ministry is swiftly working in that direction and in just three years, over 65 AYUSH hospitals have been set up". He also asked Ayurveda experts to find medicines which, like allopathy, can give immediate relief but without the harmful side-effects associated with allopathic medicine. Formed on November 9, 2014, AYUSH ensures the optimal development and propagation of AYUSH systems of health care. "But Ayurveda is a priority for us and we are integrating it with the public healthcare system", Modi said.

"Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik said" A threefold increase in market size of Ayurvedic Products from $2.5 billion to $8 billion is expected by 2022.

Addressing a gathering after dedicating the country's first All India Institute of Ayurveda to the nation here, the prime minister noted that the world is heading "back to nature and wellness".

The prime minister said Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (Ayush) ministry was working on other schemes like Ayush villages and wanted corporate houses to promote Ayurveda by spending from their corporate social responsibility fund.

"We have seen the IT revolution in last 30 years. Ayurveda's rich heritage and recognition as an alternative system of medicine in developed countries provides a good foundation to set an ambitious growth goal defined by increasing market share, customer access and profitability in both India and global markets".

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According to the prime minister, efforts were allegedly made to destroy "India's strengths" and its traditions such as Yoga and Ayurveda were belittled during the "era of slavery" (pre-independence period). "Those nations who leave their heritage behind are destined to lose their identity", he said.

"Attempts were even made to reduce the faith that Indians had on them".

Modi also reiterated the importance of cleanliness as a part of preventive healthcare.

The Prime Minister said, "New AIIMS are being established to help the people get better access to healthcare".

He said the Ministries of Ayush and Agriculture can guide farmers to sow medicinal plants in their fields.

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