The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its go-ahead to continue the National Ayush Mission (NAM) till March 2020.
The centrally sponsored scheme will be provided an outlay of Rs 2,400 crore over the three-year period.
Launched in September 2014, the scheme is implemented by Ministry of Ayush.
The objectives is to provide cost effective Ayush services, with a universal access which involves upgradation of Ayush hospitals and dispensaries, co-location of Ayush facilities at Primary Health Centers (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and district hospitals (DHs), strengthening institutional capacity at the State level, strengthening Drug Testing Laboratories and supporting cultivation of medicinal plants by adopting Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs).
As per an official note by the government, the scheme is addressing the gaps in health services through supporting the efforts of state/UT governments for providing AYUSH health services/education in the country, particularly in vulnerable and far-flung areas.
Under NAM, special focus is given for specific needs of such areas and for allocation of higher resources in their annual plans.