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    AYUSH Department gets Minister of State (Independent Charge)

    New Delhi: With an eye on reviving indigenous and traditional medicine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today earmarked a Minister of State (Independent Charge) to look after Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH).

    Shripad Yesso Naik has been made Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ayush, said a communique issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan.

    Earlier, the Department was under the ambit of the Health Minister, under whose ministry it functioned.  The move came after Modi effected a Cabinet reshuffle.

    AYUSH, is a governmental body in India purposed with developing education and research in ayurveda (Indian traditional medicine), yoga, naturopathy, unani, siddha, and homoeopathy, and other alternative medicine systems.

    Created in March 1995 as the Department of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy (ISM&H), AYUSH received its current name in March 2003.

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