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Ayurveda doctor seeks upgradation of facilities

“It is ironical that the government spends lakhs of rupees to hold mega events like the Arogya Mela...

Written by Express News Service | Ludhiana |
March 25, 2009 1:43:46 am

“It is ironical that the government spends lakhs of rupees to hold mega events like the Arogya Mela,while there is nothing in the name of facilities in government ayurvedic dispensaries,” pointed out a senior city-based ayurvedic practitioner in a letter written to the Punjab Health Minister.

Dr R Vatsyayan said though the intention of the government in organising such events could not be doubted as it was aimed at generating popularity and awareness about the Indian system of medicines,the need of the hour was also to look within and provide infrastructure to the crippling ayurvedic dispensaries and prevent their de-affiliation.

In reference to the recently held Arogya Mela at Ludhiana,he wrote in the letter,“There is no doubt that given the motive and intent behind the mega event was a great effort. It would be better if we re-fix our priorities in this regard and focus more on urgent measures like improving the state of ayurvedic dispensaries and the standards of education of Ayurveda in Punjab.”

He adds,” It is in the knowledge of the government that most of the ayurvedic dispensaries in the state do not have the basic infrastructure and the required amounts of medicines while a majority of the Ayurveda colleges in Punjab are facing de-affiliation due to non-compliance of the minimum standards required to arrange men and material prescribed by the CCIM.”

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There is equal need to preserve and promote the system of ayurveda,which is being pushed into oblivion by market forces,he writes.

He also commented that the Arogya Mela was jointly organised by FICCI and the department of AYUSH but in fact,given the financial strength of FICCI,it could have organised the event on its own and there was no need for the government to provide funds.

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