The budget allocation for the Ministry of Ayush- Ayurveda Unani Siddha Homoeopathy- and the schemes under its aegis has gone up around 20 per cent at Rs. 3,647.50 crore for the year 2023-24, as compared to Rs. 3,050 crore allocated for the year 2022-23, mainly due to the higher allocation into statutory rand regulatory bodies and autonomous bodies while the Central Sector Schemes and projects have seen a decline in allocation. The allocation is almost 28 per cent higher for the upcoming fiscal year as compared to the revised estimates for the year 2022-23, which was Rs. 2,845.75 crore.
The allocation for the Central sector schemes and projects, which include the Ayurswasthya Yojana, Ayush Oushadhi Gunvatta evum Uttapadan Samvardhan Yojana (AOGUSY), and promotion of international cooperation, has seen a decline of around 25 per cent at Rs. 185.44 crore for the fiscal year 2023-24 compared to the Rs. 250.16 crore on the revised estimates for the previous fiscal year, according to the Union Budget announced by the finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1, 2023. The Budget Estimate for the Central Sector Scheme was Rs. 306.98 crore for 2022-23.
The promotion schemes for international cooperation will have a lesser allocation of Rs. 44.27 crore for the fiscal year, as compared to Rs. 94.60 crore in the last year when the government has organised various events to promote Ayush systems globally. AOGUSY, another major initiative from the government, will have Rs. 20 crore allocation, the same as the revised estimates for the previous year.
The allocation for National Medicinal Plants Board, under the Establishment Expenditure head of the budget, has been increased to Rs. 13.28 crore from Rs. 12.65 crore during the fiscal year 2022-23. The allocation for Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy (PCIM&H) has been increased 33 per cent to Rs. 18.04 crore, as compared to Rs. 13.52 crore in the revised estimates for 2022-23.
The Central Sector Scheme for Conservation, Development and Sustainable Management of Medicinal Plants will see the allocation decline to Rs. 43.49 crore for the fiscal 2023-24, as compared to Rs. 48.25 crore in the revised estimates for the previous fiscal year.
The other Central sector expenditure, which is into statutory and regulatory bodies and autonomous bodies under the Ministry, has however seen the allocation growing at 16.38 per cent, to Rs. 2182.30 crore for the year 2023-24, as compared to Rs. 1875.05 crore as per the revised estimates for the year 2022-23. The revised estimate has exceeded the budget estimate of Rs. 1870.10 crore for the year 2022-23.
The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA) may see the allocation going up to Rs. 150.13 crore for the new fiscal year, as compared to Rs. 105.21 crore in the revised estimates for the current fiscal year.
The National Commission for Homoeopathy will have an allocation of Rs. 12.67 crore as compared to Rs. 8.73 crore in the revised estimates, and the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine will see the allocation slightly increasing to Rs. 23.45 crore compared to the revised estimates of Rs. 22.03 crore for 2022-23.
The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy, All India Institute of Ayurveda, National Institute of Homoeopathy, Kolkata and other autonomous bodies have been provided with a slightly higher allocation than the revised estimates. However, the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine has been allocated with Rs. 173.30 crore as compared to Rs. 175.05 crore used as per the revised estimates for the current fiscal year.
The National Ayush Mission (NAM), under the National Health Mission (NHM), will see a jump of 84.6 per cent in allocation, at Rs. 1,200 crore during the fiscal year 2023-24, as compared to Rs. 650 crore under the revised estimates for the year 2022-23.
NAM is designed to provide cost effective Ayush Services with the universal access through up-gradation of Ayush Hospitals and Dispensaries, to provide comprehensive primary health care through upgrading health care facilities as Health & Wellness Centers, co-location of Ayush facilities at PHCs, CHCs & DHs and to strengthen institutional capacity at State level up-gradation of Ayush educational institutions, pharmacies, Drug Testing. It is also expected to support cultivation of Medical Plants, production of quality and standardized ingredient for supply of Ayush, support herbal industry and export market driven cultivation of medicinal plants with backward & forward linkages of marketing, post-harvest management and certification, integration of medicinal plants in farming systems and increase export of value added items of medicinal plants.
The Grants-in-aid to State governments has seen an increase of 81 per cent in allocation to Rs. 920 crore under the new Budget, as compared to Rs. 507.50 crore in the revised estimates for the current fiscal year. The Grants-in-aid to Union Territory governments is going up to Rs. 96 crore in the new fiscal year, from the Rs. 52.5 crore under the revised estimates for the current fiscal year. The North Eastern Area will also get a higher allocation of Rs. 230.73 crore in the fiscal year 2023-24, as compared to Rs. 126.43 crore as per the revised estimate for the current fiscal year.
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