Ministry of AYUSH – Government Schemes of India for UPSC Exams

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 13th, 2023

The Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) is tasked with developing education, research, and propagation of alternative indigenous medicine systems in India. In November 2014 it became a separate ministry from earlier as a department. This is increased the focus on the traditional medicinal system of India for its further development and wider propagation. The Ministry is currently headed by a Minister of State (Independent Charge), by Shripad Yesso Naik.

In this article, we will be sharing important Government Schemes for the preparation of UPSC 2020 exams launched by the Ministry of AYUSH in past years which are crucial for the exam point of view. 


Ministry of AYUSH Government Schemes

Name of the scheme


Few Points to remember

National Ayush Mission

To provide good AYUSH services, with universal access by upgrading AYUSH hospitals and dispensaries, co-location of AYUSH facilities at PHCs, community health centres, and district hospital

  • It is a centrally sponsored scheme
  • It was introduced in 2014
  • AYUSH systems of medicine, namely Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha & Sowa-Rigpa, and Homoeopathy.
  • Components of the mission include both the mandatory as well as the flexible components

Mission Madhumeha

The aim is to provide cost-effective treatment and control of non-communicable disease of Diabetes

  • It was launched in 2016
  • It will be implemented throughout the country through a specially designed National Treatment Protocol for effective management of Diabetes through Ayurveda

Swasthya Raksha program

The objective is to promote health, health education in the village 

  • It spreads awareness about the cleanliness of domestic surroundings and environment
  • In this program, mass campaigning through rallies, Nukkad Nataks focusing on personal, environmental and social hygiene are being undertaken for creating awareness about hygiene and health

Scheme for Promoting Pharmacovigilance of AYUSH Drugs

  • Developing the culture of documenting adverse impacts and
    undertake safety monitoring of AYUSH drugs.
  • Surveillance of advertisements appearing in the print or electronic media which are misleading in nature.
  • It intends to facilitate the establishment of a three-tier network of National Pharmacovigilance Centre (NPvCC), Intermediary Pharmacovigilance Centres (IPvCCs) and Peripheral Pharmacovigilance Centres (PPvCC).
  • All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi, an autonomous body under the Ministry of AYUSH has been designated as National Pharmacovigilance Centre for coordinating various activities of the initiative.
  • It will facilitate the detection of potentially unsafe ASU&H medicine.

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