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Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal lays foundation stone for multiple Ayush Initiatives worth ₹100 crores

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Guwahati, Mar 4: The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal laid the foundation stone for the second Ayurvedic College of Assam since independence at Dudhnoi in Assam’s Goalpara on Monday.

Sonowal also laid foundation stones for construction of two 50 bedded Ayush hospitals at Mowamarirjhar in Kokrajhar and at Silbari in Baksa, virtually from Dudhnoi.

The new college will be developed with an estimated cost of ₹70 crores. The Ministry of Ayush approved the proposal for establishment of Ayurvedic College at Dudhnoi in Goalpara in 2022-23. The Ministry of Ayush has released ₹139.11 crores as centre’s share to Assam till 2023-24. As many as 8 integrated Ayush hospitals have been approved by the Ministry, of which, 2 are already functional. The Ministry has also approved 500 Ayushman Arogya Mandirs, out of which, 289 are already operational. 100 new Ayush dispensaries were approved and are also being constructed.

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The 50 bedded Integrated Ayush hospitals will be developed with an investment of ₹30 crores. The college will be adjacent to the Integrated Ayush Hospitals, inaugurated by Sarbananda Sonowal in July 2023. The state public works department (PWD) will be the executing agency and will be completed within 30 months.

Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal said, “that the centre is committed towards the development of Assam, and expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and mentioned that the state is reaping benefits from the central schemes. He further added that the traditional form of medicine has been revamped”. He further added that the legacy of Lok Priya Gopinath Bordoloi’s who gave Assam its first Ayurvedic College in Guwahati, will be taken forward with the second college of Ayurveda in Dudhnoi.” He stated that, “the commitment to build a robust healthcare delivery system in the country, which is an integration of modern and traditional forms of medicine, aimed at holistic care towards building a Swastha Bharat, the very foundation on which we will achieve the vision of becoming Viksti Bharat.”

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