Shri­pad Yesso Naik

MoS (IN­DE­PEN­DENT CHARGE) FOR AYUSH

India Today - - 30 YEARS OF MODI GOVERNMENT | SOCIAL SECTOR - —Uday Mahurkar

SHRI­PAD YESSO NAIK IS known in the AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Natur­opa­thy, Unani, Sid­dha and Ho­moeopa­thy) min­istry for trans­parency and ac­ces­si­bil­ity. Be­yond that, his record is just about av­er­age. Lack­ing vi­sion, his min­istry hasn’t got much to show that can match the Modi gov­ern­ment’s over­all per­for­mance, ex­cept the UN pro­claim­ing June 21 as the In­ter­na­tional Day of Yoga. The min­istry’s co­or­di­na­tion with the NITI Aayog on the new AYUSH pol­icy leaves much to be de­sired. Acharya Balkr­ishna, MD of Patan­jali Ayurved, says: “Lit­tle is mov­ing in the min­istry. Not much progress has been made on the sug­ges­tions I gave on im­prove­ments in the AYUSH sec­tor, in­clud­ing re­forms in ayurveda ed­u­ca­tion.” Ayurveda ex­pert Naren­dra Bhatt adds: “The min­istry has to move be­yond sym­bol­ism.” But D.C. Ka­toch, ad­vi­sor in the AYUSH min­istry, dis­agrees. “A lot has been done,” he says. “We have firmly taken the Na­tional AYUSH Mis­sion ahead by evolv­ing sys­tems. The All-In­dia In­sti­tute of Ayurveda is op­er­a­tional now.” But clearly, Naik has to do more.

VIKRAM SHARMA

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