India must ensure that its traditional medicine is of modern global standards, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday at a ground-breaking ceremony for the WHO Global Centre of Traditional Medicine in Gujarat’s Jamanagar.
He called for a global repository of traditional medicine practices. A 'Business Standard' analysis shows that the government’s push for the AYUSH ministry, which promotes alternative Indian medicine systems, has been getting stronger. The ministry’s fund utilisation increased 25 per cent—its highest—in 2021-22 since its formation in 2014.
The expenditure of the ministry has increased 2.5-times compared to 2015-16. Moreover, over the last three years, expenditure growth for the ministry has been in double digits.