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    Finance Ministry asks Ayush Ministry to surrender funds due to non approval of Projects

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have been pushing for traditional Indian medicine including Yoga as a global heritage, but back home major ambitious national projects such as All India Institute of Yoga, All India Institute of Homoeopathy, Homoeopathic Medicines Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, Pharmacovigilance, initiative for Ayurveda, Yoga and
    Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) drugs, and  National Institute of Medicinal Plants have remained  non-starter due to paucity of land.

    As a result, fund which the Ayush Ministry had sought for commencing these institutes in the last two years had to be surrendered to the Finance Ministry, noted a Parliamentary panel which has taken a strong view in the matter.

    It has slammed the Ayush Ministry for making unrealistic projection of fund requirements without obtaining necessary approvals for implementation of the projects.

    “For example, a sum of Rs.4 crore and Rs.25 crore had been proposed in budget estimates (BE) 2013-14 and BE 2014-15 respectively under the head All India Institute of Unani Medicine. But the Ministry spent a meager Rs.20 lakhs in 2013-14 while the entire budgeted funds for 2014-15 had to be surrendered due to non-approval of the project.

    “What is alarming is that this is not the only example of surrender of the entire budgeted funds. Similar is the case with quite a few other projects…” said the panel led by Rajya Sabha MP Ram Gopal Yadav in its report tabled in Parliament recently.

    The Committee, therefore, strongly recommends that the Ministry should ensure that all pre-approval formalities are completed before budget allocations are proposed and realistic financial outlays are earmarked for the above projects/schemes. There is no point in making ritualistic allocations which remain on paper only,” said the report.

    The Government said that the location for establishment of proposed National Institute of Medicinal Plants is being finalized while though All India Institute of Unani Medicine project had to be completed during Twelfth Plan Period, it could not take shape as per expectation for want of identification of land for establishing the Institute.

    “Now, land for its establishment has been identified and project consultant has been selected for preparation of DPR and monitoring the project progress, said the government in its reply.

    The Government has deferred setting up All India Institute of Yoga for now as land could not be identified for the project while land for All India Institute for Homeopathy has been identified and is action is underway to take its possession from the DDA.

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