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New Delhi: Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad speaking in a seminar on July 28 emphasized the need to link employment opportunities with the Indian Medicine system to make it popular.


"Indian system of medicines will become popular only when it is linked with employment opportunities for people", he said while speaking at the seminar on ‘Scenario of Indian system of Medicine and Medicinal Plantation'.


The seminar was jointly organised by Urdu Press Club and Unijules Life Sciences Ltd on Tuesday.  

Stating that employment opportunities actually exist in the form of small farmers growing medicinal plants, pharmacies and manufacturers of these systems of medicines, he said, "What we need is a collaborative efforts to combine and link them together."


Elaborating on how AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha & Homeopathy) using the huge amount of fund sanctioned by the Ministry is working to expand the scope of Indian systems of medicines, Azad said, "Efforts are now on to integrate dispensaries providing Indian systems of medicines with those providing allopathic treatment."

Gokul Patnaik, Chairman of Global Agricultural Systems and Advisor to the National Medicinal Plant Board while stating that the international market for medicinal plants is $60 billion on 2004 and it is growing by 15% per year, said,  "In such a scenario the world is looking to India and China to fulfil its demand."


During the seminar Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was conferred with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition to his services for Indian Medicine System.

"Already Chinese medicines have achieved the necessary accreditation for foreign markets even though the Chinese system has no written text, unlike Indian traditional systems", he added.

Other experts from the fields who were present in the seminar spoke of the overseas demand for the alternative systems of medicine and stressed on the need for proper standardisation of drugs so that they can be accepted in foreign markets.


During the seminar Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was conferred with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition to his services for Indian Medicine System. An Award for Excellence was also given to Chairman Unijules Life Sciences Ltd Zakir S Vali on the occasion.


The seminar concluded with Bala Prasad, Chief Executive of the National Medicinal Plant Board, assuring to extend all supports through his department to any farmer who is interested in growing medicinal plants and herbs, and willing to become a part of this ‘sunrise sector’.





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