Parliamentary panel opposes bridge course on allopathy for Ayush practitioners but proposes massive investments

The parliamentary panel on health wants the government to scrap its proposal for a bridge course to allow Ayush practitioners practice allopathy, two-panel members said on condition of anonymity.

“We want to strengthen Ayush. But we do not want this ‘Crosspathy’. This will cause a great harm to Ayush as its practitioners will leave the traditional systems and start practising allopathy, which is more lucrative,” said a prominent member of the panel.

In its report to the Parliament, the panel, however, will ask the government to make massive investments in Ayush and maintain that it requires major expansion across India. “The Revised estimate for Ayush in 2017-18 was Rs 1558 crore and in the 2018-19 budget only Rs 1600 crore has been allotted. The government should spend more. But no mix Ayush with allopathy,” said the third member.

In a bid to promote Ayush, the panel is likely to add in its report that at least 50% of the 1.5 lakh wellness centres proposed in the general budget of 2018-19 should be based only on Ayush.

The panel is set to present its report in the second half of the budget session that starts on March 5

The ministry of health and family welfare has been maintaining that it will rely entirely on suggestions made by the parliamentary panel.

“We have referred the Bill to the panel and further course of action will be decided on the basis of what the panel decides,” Union health minister JP Nadda said earlier this month, after referring the Bill to the panel.

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