strategic-policy-unit

Context: Ministry of AYUSH and M/s Invest India will form a collaboration to set up a strategic policy unit called “Strategic Policy & Facilitation Bureau (SPFB)” to facilitate planned and systematic growth of the Ayush Sector. 

Strategic Policy & Facilitation Bureau (SPFB):

  • The Ministry of AYUSH would assist the Bureau in responding to investment proposals, issues and queries and fund Invest India for undertaking activities assigned. 
  • The activities to be undertaken by the SPFB would include :
  1. Knowledge Creation and Management,
  2. Strategic & Policy-Making Support,
  3. State Policy Benchmarking
  4. Investment Facilitation
  5. Issue Resolution

Significance:

  • It will make the Ayush systems future-ready.  
  • This Bureau will support the Ministry in strategic and policy making initiatives.
  • At a time of the Covid-19 pandemic such a strategy unit can be of immense support to the stake-holding groups of the Ayush Sector.

Other initiatives by Ayush Ministry:

  • Setting up the comprehensive IT backbone called Ayush Grid for the entire Sector, 
  • Streamlining of Ayush Education on modern lines, 
  • Evolving global standards for Ayush systems for diagnostics and terminologies in the ICD framework .
  • Setting up a vertical for Ayush Drugs Control to enable the Ayush systems to move into the centre-stage of healthcare activities in the 21st century.

Carving out an independent Ministry for the seven Ayush systems in 2014 has put these Indian Medicine Systems on a trajectory of accelerated growth.  The affordable and easily accessible solutions of Ayush systems are a boon to large sections of the society in their pursuit of maintaining satisfactory levels of health.

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