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Ayush Dept plans major push to standardisation of ISM drugs in next five year plan

Joseph Alexander, New Delhi
Monday, January 9, 2012, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Department of Ayush is planning to give a major push to the standardisation and quality improvement of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani drugs during the next five year plan period.

One of the key proposals under the consideration is to augment the pharmacopoeia work to develop 1000 monographs and strengthening of the Pharmacopoeia Commission and associated laboratories to accelerate the work of standardization, sources said.

Strengthening Secretariat Social Services in the Department of Ayush by engaging need-based more technical & administrative staff and filling up the vacant posts to facilitate smooth disposal of administrative & technical work and hiring/construction of new building for the Department in consideration of its enhanced mandate is another major agenda for the next Plan period. An amount of Rs. 100 crore has been sought for this purpose.

For improving quality parameters of ASU drugs as per global requirements and acceptability, to take up development of monographs of such medicinal plants as are widely used in folklore/tribal medicine but not documented in ASU literature and to work on the lines of other Pharmacopoeia Commissions of the world, a provision of Rs. 50 crore has been recommended.

“Another area is providing support to build up the initiative of safety monitoring of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani drugs under the pharmacovigilance system, which was introduced in the country during the 11th Plan period, by designating one National Pharmacovigilance Resource Centre, 8 regional centres and 30 peripheral centres to develop the culture of reporting adverse drug reactions of ASU drugs at a cost of Rs. 15 crore,” sources said.

Setting up National Ayush Library & Archives under the Department of Ayush for collecting, showcasing and dissemination of Ayush literary resources & materials and publication of Ayush newsletter and journals at a cost of Rs. 50 crore is another proposal.

The ongoing schemes of 11th Plan comprise of eleven Central Sector Schemes with allocation of Rs. 2053 crore and three Centrally Sponsored Schemes with allocation of Rs. 1935 crore. The total allocation amounted to Rs. 3988 crore.

The 12th Plan allocation for Central and Centrally Sponsored Schemes is proposed to be enhanced almost by 7 times and 17 times respectively, including the transfer of Rs. 10000 crore from NRHM Flexipool for implementation of state Ayush PIPs. All this will lead to a total projected allocation of Rs. 47535.55 crore (about 12 time-hike from 11th Plan allocation) to pave for effective implementation of projects in strategic thrust areas identified above and to step up the process of mainstreaming of Ayush.


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