Sarbananda Sonowal

Union minister of Ayush and Ports, Shipping & Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday said the Ministry should promote Ayush Aahar throughout the country.

This will also help save the youth from the ills of junk food, Sonowal said.

The Union minister was visiting the Central Councils Common Building Complex (CCCBC) at Janakpuri in New Delhi where he interacted with officers and scientists of all five research councils and two National Commissions under the ministry that are located in the premises.

The Ayush ministry is promoting Ayush based diet & lifestyle and is working in convergence with the Ministry of Women & Child Development in the Poshan Abhiyan to realize the ultimate goal of ‘Suposhit Bharat’.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in convergence with Ayush ministry has also released draft guidelines on Ayush Aahar, which will facilitate standardized Ayush based Aahar.

The research councils, namely Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), the Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN), the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) and the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) have their headquarters located in the building.

The Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS) has its satellite office in the building complex.

Further, the recently constituted National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM) and the National Commission for Homoeopathy (NCH) have their offices in the building premises. Today was the first visit of the Minister to the Research Councils and National Commissions.

In the interactive session with officials and scientists, Union minister Sonowal emphasized on the involvement of people till the grassroot level.

He also added that team spirit and hard work is needed to bring in effective change.

The results of hard work of the fraternity including the scientists, professors, doctors, technicians need to be propagated across the country and all around the world.

He further said that the experience and expertise of the senior officials of the Councils, Commissions need to be utilised to enhance Ayush propagation.

During the interaction, Ayush Secretary, Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha stressed on two things.

He stressed that competency building should be the priority of all councils and ‘our research councils should develop such modalities that various units attached with these councils get more freedom to innovate’.

During the visit, the Union minister also released the book titled ‘Quality and Safety of select Rasakalpa – Metal & Mineral based Ayurvedic Formulations, Volume:6’.

The book deals with Standard Operative Procedures, Chemical Analysis and preclinical Safety/toxicity studies on Trivanga Bhasma (calcined mixture of tin, lead & zinc) carried out in various institutes.

He also launched the NCISM Portal which will be utilized to collect details of activities and programmes conducted under the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ campaign which is connecting 75000 educational institutions from across the country.

The Union minister further visited the Ethno-medico-Botanical division of CCRAS where he interacted with the scientists at length on issues ranging from routine functioning to specific research activities.

He appreciated the efforts of the Council in the direction of tribal welfare.

The minister also instructed that more efforts may be put in for understanding the local health traditions of tribal communities who maintain a good health without ever visiting modern healthcare facilities.

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