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State Government promoting Ayurveda: Himachal Pradesh CM
The Himachal government is conserving and promoting the herbal wealth to make Himachal Pradesh a herbal Indian state. This was stated by Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh during the State level 'Samman Samaroh' organized by Ayurveda Medical Officers Association today at Tibetan Children Village (TCV) auditorium at Dharamsala today.

He said Ayurveda, an indigenous Indian medicine system was being practiced since time immemorial and today it had registered a strong presence in the modern medicinal science, and in Himachal Pradesh the government had laid special emphasis to strengthen Ayurvedic system of medicine. He added that Rs. 203 crore were being spent for Ayurveda department during this fiscal.

The Chief Minister said that Himachal was a treasure house of herbal aromatic medicinal plants and herbs and the State was promoting the herbal wealth to provide a sustainable supply of raw material to the pharmaceutical industry. The herbal gardens at Jogindernagar in district Mandi, Neri in Hamirpur, Jangal Jhaelra in Bilaspur and Dhamrera in Shimla district were catering to the needs of the Ayurveda health institutions.

He said for procurement of the essential medicinal herbs, the Government of India had sanctioned a sum of rupees Rs 202 lakh and about Rs.22 lakh for upgrading the Ayurveda institutions in the State besides sanctioning an amount of rupees 35 lakhs for 'Arogya festivals' in the State. A separate Ayurveda department was created in the year 1984 so as to propagate the Indian medicinal system throughout the State.

Shri Virbhadra Singh further besides two regional hospitals at Paprola and Shimla, as many as 1109 Ayurveda Health Centers were providing quality health services to the people of the State. The patients were also being treated through naturopathy and at present one nature care unit was functional at Oel in Una. Besides, three Ayurveda Pharmacies had been set up at Jogindernagar in Mandi, Majra in Sirmaur and Paprola in Kangra.

"We are committed to strengthen the infrastructure of these pharmacies besides equipping them with the latest technology", said the Chief Minister.

Listing the steps taken to strengthen the department of Ayurveda, the Chief Minister said that it was for the first time that as per seniority, the nomenclature of the Ayurveda medical officers had been upgraded to senior medical officers besides providing them monetary benefits.

The retirement age of the professors in the Ayurvedic Medical College had been fixed at 62 so that the students could gain from their vast experience and knowledge.

The government has filled up 66 posts of Ayurveda doctors mainly in the rural and far flung areas of the State and sanction has been accorded to fill as many as 100 posts of such medical officers, said the Chief Minister. He said Ayurveda should percolate down to the remotest corners of the State for which doctors needs to work with honesty and dedication. He said that the system was well adopted in Kerela in India which besides providing treatment to the people also is a source of medicinal tourism.

According to one of the National Health Interview Survey more than three lakh people in the United States were using India's traditional medicinal system and Ayurveda is being now adopted as the alternate source of treatment in different corners of the world. 

Dr. Y.P.S. Sharma, who played a pivotal role in promoting Ayurveda system of medicines was honoured by the Chief Minister for his initiatives for promoting the ancient Ayurveda system not only in India but for pioneering a dialogue with the United States for tying up with India for adopting the Ayurveda system.

Chief Minister also released a souvenir and a calendar on the occasion. The association donated a cheque of Rs. 4.51 lakh to the Chief Minister towards the Chief Minister Relief Fund.

Earlier, Dr. Dinesh Kumar, President of the association thanked the Chief Minister for increasing the wages of the medical officers on contract basis by 25 percent and for filling up the post of doctors and other staff. He also placed demands of the association.

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