New Delhi, Feb 1: The Union government today proposed in the Union Budget to increase the outlay for AYUSH Ministry by more than 13 per cent to Rs 1,626.37 crore. The allocation to the ministry in the previous Budget was nearly Rs 1,429 crore. Also Read - Union Minister Shripad Naik Tests COVID Positive, Urges All Who Came in Contact With Him to Isolate Themselves

The total expenditure on central sector schemes and projects carried out by the ministry has been estimated at Rs 71.36 crore. For the year, 2017-18, it was Rs 68.86 crore, however in the revised Budget for last fiscal, it was increased to Rs 87.64 crore. Also Read - Coronil Kit: Govt Says Patanjali Should Not Have Advertised Drug Before Getting Final Approval

The allocation has been increased for statutory and regulatory bodies – Central Council of Homoeopathy and Central Council of Indian Medicine in New Delhi, and autonomous bodies – such as All India Institute of Ayurveda, Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, National Institute of Homoeopathy, Kolkata – under the ministry. Also Read - 'Coronil is a Good Thing But...' AYUSH Ministry to Approve Patanjali COVID-19 Med After Verification

For statutory and regulatory bodies, the outlay is Rs 9.60 crore vis-a-vis Rs 7.99 crore in the last fiscal; while for autonomous bodies it is Rs 906.70 crore compared to Rs 804.30 crore in the previous budget.

Under medical and public health head, the budget has been increased to Rs 1,041.14 crore compared to Rs 914.85 in the last fiscal.

The AYUSH Ministry is purposed with developing, education and research in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy.

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