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The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan addressing at the inauguration of the 6th World Ayurveda Congress, in New Delhi on November 07, 2014. The Speaker, Lok Sabha, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan is also seen. (PIB Photo)

Upcoming AIIMS to Have Ayush Departments, Says Harsh Vardhan

Every upcoming All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) across the country will have “huge” departments of alternative medicine with a special focus on ayurveda, said Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday.

While speaking at the 6th All India Congress on ayurveda, Harsh Vardhan said, “We want to ensure that ayurveda gets proper recognition in modern day science.” He said: “We will create huge departments of ayush in the dozen All India Institutes of Medical Sciences which are coming up for holistic development of medicine.”

He said ayurveda has given to the world most of the things which modern medicine has given much later. Adding, he said, “Our government is fully committed to giving ayurveda its best place since independence.”

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who was also present, said there are numerous methods in ayurveda but these have not been tapped properly.

She said: “At present, we are exporting more raw material than finished drugs and goods.”

Mahajan said there is a need to ensure a comprehensive quality control mechanism as far as ayurvedic drugs are concerned.

Meanwhile, the minister has said that the request of the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) Chief Vigilance Officer for repatriation to his parent cadre has been accepted.

“The person concerned has sent three requests to the ministry for repatriation to the parent cadre. So we are just acting upon his request,” he said on the sidelines of the 6th Ayush Congress.

He said that the request has been forwarded to the department of personnel and training.

The minister said, “As far as intimidation and harassment are concerned, these are police and legal issues.” He added that as soon as he took over, he had formed a committee to look into issues of corruption in the MCI.

MCI Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) H.K. Jethi has written to the Central Vigilance Commission complaining of “victimisation and harassment” by the medical council administration.

Jethi has sought repatriation to his parent cadre, the Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS). Jethi is an 1996 batch IOFS officer and was appointed as CVO in MCI Oct 3, 2013 for two years.

The Central Vigilance Commission had also written to the health ministry to inquire into the matter and submit a report at the earliest. This comes close on the heels of the contentious removal of whistleblower Sanjeev Chaturvedi from the position of CVO, AIIMS.

(With inputs from IANS)

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