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Reforms in AYUSH sector to boost growth: Sonowal

Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of AYUSH, was speaking at the "6th CII Ayush Conclave 2022" organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) with the support of the Ministry of AYUSH

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Union Minister of AYUSH Sarbananda Sonowal laid emphasis on how AYUSH can play an important role in realising the dream of ‘New India’ by providing holistic healthcare and medical care for its citizens. The minister was addressing the gathering at the “6th CII Ayush Conclave 2022” in New Delhi yesterday.

In his inaugural address, Sonowal said, “AYUSH market has reached $18 billion from meagre $3 billion under guidance and visionary leadership of our Prime Minister. At present, we are witnessing a highly receptive environment where the value of AYUSH systems in healthcare is widely being recognised. Many reforms in research strategies, nature of practice and education are underway, which will facilitate growth in this sector. The new generation of our country should study and deeply about the AYUSH systems.”

The conclave was organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) with the support of the Ministry of AYUSH. The key stakeholders of AYUSH system discussed topics like regulatory roadmap, research and development in AYUSH sector, branding, promotion and marketing of AYUSH products.

Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, in his keynote address, said, “Ministry of AYUSH, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), has established a lot of benchmarks for AYUSH system. These benchmarks will be beneficial for all the stakeholders, particularly industry related to AYUSH systems.”

Adding to it, Pramod Kumar Pathak, Special Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, addressed the plenary session on regulatory roadmap for ease of doing business. In his address, he said that the first important aspect of ease of doing business is consultation and that is happening robustly at the Ministry of AYUSH. “Further, for promoting scientific approach, the ministry is working with the departments of science and biotechnology, and the inputs are effectively included in our roadmap,” he said.