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Delhi High Court urges Centre to consider plea to incorporate ayurveda and yoga in Ayushman Bharat: ET HealthWorld

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Delhi HC asks Centre to treat plea as representation to include ayurveda, yoga in Ayushman Bharat, ET HealthWorld

In a recent development, the Delhi High Court has directed the Centre to consider including Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy in the Ayushman Bharat scheme, the national public health insurance program. The court disposed of a public interest litigation (PIL) after instructing the Union Ministry of Ayush to promptly address the plea. The court’s decision came after the Ayush Ministry revealed that it was working with the Health Ministry to incorporate Indian healthcare systems into the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY).

Last year, the Delhi High Court had summoned various Union ministries and the Delhi government to respond to a PIL filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay. The petitioner’s plea emphasized the inclusion of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy in PM-JAY to ensure the citizens’ right to healthcare. PM-JAY, a part of the Ayushman Bharat initiative launched in 2018, offers cashless health insurance coverage of Rs 5 lakh per Below Poverty Line (BPL) family annually.

The petition advocates for the expansion of the scheme to cover all states and include Indian healthcare systems, which would enable a broader segment of the population to access affordable healthcare services for serious illnesses. Additionally, the incorporation of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy into PM-JAY could generate employment opportunities in these fields, benefiting both the healthcare sector and the individuals seeking alternative treatment options.

The plea highlights the importance of recognizing and preserving India’s diverse healthcare traditions, which have been overshadowed by the predominance of allopathic medicine. By integrating indigenous medical systems into PM-JAY, the petition asserts that the country can reclaim its cultural and scientific heritage, which has been marginalized by colonial influences. The court’s intervention underscores the need to embrace a more inclusive approach to healthcare delivery for the benefit of all citizens.

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