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Govt wants its missions abroad to promote yoga, traditional medicines

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The government wants all its diplomatic missions abroad to start centers to endorse traditional Indian medicines, yoga and the Indian concept of well-being. The external affairs ministry is working on the missive from the ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (Ayush).

India has 183 diplomatic missions and posts abroad. The centers can be opened on premises of the missions, cultural centers or any other places identified by embassies. They will promote Ayurveda, yoga naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and homeopathy.

“The objective of Ayush Information Cells is to disseminate authentic information about the Ayush system of medicine. There is a lot of interest around the world about them. Now, the plan is to try and have such centres in all Indian missions,” said an MEA official.

“These centers will help those who are interested in getting authentic information and get foreign experts connected with their Indian counterparts,” he added.

The Ayush department was converted into a ministry after the NDA government came to power. Promotion of yoga around the world has remained a key aspect ever since. The Ayush ministry will provide a one-time grant of ₹15 lakh and an annual assistance of ₹5 lakh to run them to set up such centers. As of now, there are 28 such centres in 25 nations.