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PM Modi pitches for Ayurveda-led 'health revolution', affordable healthcare

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

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Underscoring the importance of Ayurveda, Prime Minister on Tuesday said time has come for a "health revolution" under the aegis of the traditional and pitched for affordable and accessible

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

Marking 'Divas' today, he described the medical system as India's strength and urged those working in the sector to revive it. He also asked experts from the field to find medicines which can, like allopathy, give immediate relief to people but without side-effects.

The Prime Minister also urged private players to use part of their corporate social responsibility funds to help strengthen

"We have seen the IT revolution in last 30 years. Now, the time has come for a under the aegis of Let's pledge to strengthen, revive Ayurveda," Modi said at the event.

According to the PM Modi, efforts were allegedly made to destroy "India's strengths" during the "era of slavery" (pre-independence period). Ayurveda, he added, did not become a priority after independence too.

Listing steps being taken by his government to revive and strengthen the system, Modi said Ayurveda-related hospitals should be set up in each district of the country.

He said the Ayush ministry would ensure that there was a good hospital in each district.

Noting that people across the world were getting attracted towards good health as well as wellness, the prime minister suggested that time was ripe for an atmosphere of to evolve.

He said there was a need for a relook of the syllabus and underlined the requirement for standard guidelines and treatment in the medical system so it is not overpowered by Allopathy.

The government, Modi added, respects all health and medicine systems.

He said the Ministries of Ayush and Agriculture can guide farmers to sow medicinal plants in their fields. This will also help farmers boost their income in line with the government's plan to double their income by 2022 when India attains 75 years of independence.

Modi also reiterated the importance of cleanliness as part of preventive

First Published: Tue, October 17 2017. 13:50 IST