Joseph Alexander, New Delhi
The much-awaited proposal to set up the Central Drug Controller of Ayurveda Siddha Unani and Homoeopathy (Ayush) drugs is still stuck with Finance Ministry, despite an allocation of Rs.102 crore for the current 12th Plan and approval of posts.
“The proposal in this regard was sent to Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance. 13 posts comprising of one Drug Controller General (Ayush), five Deputy/Assistant Drug Controllers and seven Drug Inspectors have been agreed to. Allocation of Rs.102 crore has been provided for this initiative in the 12th Plan Budget including Rs.7.60 crore for the current financial year,” according to official sources.
According to the sources in the Department, the delay has affected the functioning of the regulatory system for the Ayush sector. The delay has resulted in shortage of manpower and put additional burden on the CDSCO to man the Ayush sector. [Source]