AYUSH seeks assessment of Central schemes in a big way

New Delhi, Feb 17 | Updated: Feb 18 2006, 05:30am hrs
The department of ayurveda, yoga & naturopathy, unani, siddha & homoeopathy (Ayush) in the ministry of health has called for an assessment of its various Centrally sponsored schemes in operation during the 10th Plan Period.

The process will assess and re-allocate the financial assistance provided to these schemes in accordance to the outcome and impact of these schemes.

The department has opened the process for inviting bids from an independent agency for the evaluation process that will close on February 27. The evaluator will have to submit the study within three months of being awarded the contract.

According to ministry officials, the objective of the study is to decide whether the present schemes justifies the expenditure made upon it. The ministry may then also modify the schemes to make it deliver better in accordance with its objectives.

The evaluation will aim at identifying any issues leading to a poor on-ground implementation of the schemes. The focus is on enhancing the efficiency and accountability of the delivery mechanism for such schemes, said the official. Ayush schemes like developing and upgrading of institutions and colleges, setting up of hospitals and dispensaries, quality control of drugs and setting up of educational institutions like National Institute of Ayurveda and National Institute of Homeopathy will come under the purview of the evaluation.

Performance of research councils like Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha, Unani medicine, Yoga & Naturopathy, Homeopathy and research projects conducted through universities, NGOs, research institutes will also be evaluated. Schemes being operated for strengthening of pharmacopoeial laboratories like Pharmacopoeial Laboratory of Indian Medicine, Homeopathic Pharmacopoeial Laboratory etc., will also be reviewed for performance.