Among 42 autonomous bodies set to be liquidated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government in the first phase of a review, about four are from the Health and alternative medicine sector. The New Delhi-based Central Medical Services Society, Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi, and Jansankhya Sthirata Kosh will be clubbed under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, while the National Academy of Medical Sciences will fuse with the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare. The government has taken up the task of reviewing 114 bodies, of which all except one come under the Societies Regulation Act 1860. These bodies once removed from the list of autonomous entities will no longer receive funding from the Centre.
The Ministry of Ayush has 17 autonomous bodies, of which 12 will be merged into one to reduce infrastructure expenses, and seven of them will not get any backing from the government. New Delhi and Pune’s three yoga and naturopathy centres are to be merged. Two Siddha research institutes based out of Chennai, two Unani medicine research institutes in New Delhi and Bengaluru, three institutes of Ayurveda in New Delhi and Jaipur, and two institutes conducting research in homeopathy in New Delhi and Kolkata would meet the same fate.
Likewise, four organisations and seven cultural centres funded by the Ministry of Culture including the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies, Central Institute of Himalayan Culture Studies, Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, and the Nava Nalanda Mahavihara are to be merged into one body. The 114 autonomous bodies out of the 679 from seven ministries and departments were allotted Rs 72,206 crore in the annual budget.