In yet another push to the BJP government's "Clean India" campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed the construction of toilets ('izzat ghar') in Uttar Pradesh, which, he hoped, will prevent the dignity of Indian women.
"The AYUSH Ministry is swiftly working in that direction, and in just three years, over 65 AYUSH hospitals have been set up", he added.
He said under the foreign rule, there had been attempts to ridicule and lessen the importance of Indian system of knowledge and achievements of its rishis and scientists, and after Independence too not much attention was paid to reclaim the country's rich heritage.
Modi said that people across the world are going back to nature, and it won't be hard to evolve atmosphere of ayurveda in such times He added that people are attracted to not only good health but also wellness and there is a need to strengthen ayurveda. The farming of medicinal plants will generate new employment opportunities.
"Herbal medicines are becoming popular worldwide".
"We forgot our heritage for a long time, but now, we have started remembering it again".
"More investment is needed in this sector for better growth", said the PM, appealing to the private sector to contribute towards the development of yoga and Ayurveda by contributing parts of their CSR funds. "The identity of the countries comes to an end if they move beyond their legacies", the Prime Minister said.
Modi claimed that efforts had been made in the past to destroy "India's strengths" and its traditions such as Yoga and Ayurved were belittled during the "era of slavery".
The AYUSH Ministry was established in 2014 to promote indigenous healing systems and its priorities include education, standardisation of drugs, and enhancement of availability of raw materials, R&D, communications and larger involvement in the national system for delivering healthcare.
For the overall improvement of AYUSH department, a holistic plan is being chalked-out and will soon be implemented, the Health Minister said.
Stressing that the world was heading "back to nature and wellness", Modi described Ayurved as India's strength and urged experts from the field to find medicines which can, like allopathy, give immediate relief to people but without side-effects. He said the Union Government has approved 100 percent FDI in healthcare systems.