New Delhi: Underscoring the importance of Ayurveda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said time has come for a "health revolution" under the aegis of the traditional medicine system and pitched for affordable and accessible healthcare.
Addressing a gathering after dedicating the country's first All India Institute of Ayurveda to the nation here, the prime minister noted that the world is heading "back to nature and wellness".
Marking 'Ayurveda Divas' today, he described the medicine system as India's strength and urged those working in the sector to revive it. He also asked experts from the field to find medicines which can, like allopathy, give immediate relief to people but without side-effects.
The prime minister also urged private players to use part of their corporate social responsibility funds to help strengthen Ayurveda.
"We have seen the IT revolution in last 30 years. Now, time has come for a health revolution under the aegis of Ayurveda. Let's pledge to strengthen, revive Ayurveda," Modi said at the event.
According to the prime minister, efforts were allegedly made to destroy "India's strengths" during the "era of slavery" (pre-independence period). Ayurveda, he added, did not become a priority after independence too.
Listing steps being taken by his government to revive and strengthen the system, Modi said Ayurveda-related hospitals should be set up in each district of the country.
He said the Ayush ministry would ensure that there was a good Ayurveda hospital in each district.
Noting that people across the world were getting attracted towards good health as well as wellness, the prime minister suggested that time was ripe for an atmosphere of Ayurveda to evolve.
He said there was need for a relook of the Ayurveda syllabus and underlined the requirement for standard guidelines and treatment in the medicine system so it is not overpowered by Allopathy.
The government, Modi added, respects all health and medicine systems.
He said the Ministries of Ayush and Agriculture can guide farmers to sow medicinal plants in their fields. This will also help farmers boost their income in line with the government's plan to double their income by 2022, when India attains 75 years of independence.
Modi also reiterated the importance of cleanliness as part of preventive healthcare.