National AYUSH Mission (NAM) is a scheme launched by the government of India and implemented by the Department of AYUSH under the supervision of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. NAM is a centrally sponsored scheme launched on September 29, 2914.
AYUSH is an acronym that stands for Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa, and Homeopathy. AYUSH is the governmental medical system of India working for education and research and development in the field of alternative medicine.
The operation of NAM is based on multiple objectives as follows:
NAM provides cost-effective AYUSH healthcare services along with global access to improving AYUSH hospitals and dispensaries, AYUSH facilities at various primary health centers, community health centers, and district hospitals.
NAM strengths state-level institutional capacity through improving AYUSH academic institutions, state government pharmacies, and various drug-testing laboratories.
By adopting good agricultural practices, NAM supports medicinal plants and their cultivation. This objective helps in providing a sustained supply of high-quality raw materials and ingredients, ultimately ensuring high-quality standards and products.
For AYUSH services, academic institutions, and quality control drugs, the grant-in-aid component will be 75% from the government of India and 25% from the state government; the ratio varies for special category states. For medicinal plants, the grant-in-aid component ratio will be 90:10 from the government of India and the state government.
NAM is expected to result in improved AYUSH academic services through constantly upgrading AYUSH academic institutions and improved access to AYUSH services by upgrading AYUSH hospitals and dispensaries. There will be a sustained quality of raw materials maintained for high-quality drugs and pharmaceutical products.