Centre to part-fund Ayurveda testing facility in Thrissur

Written by Economy Bureau | Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 22 | Updated: Jan 23 2008, 06:07am hrs
The Union government has agreed to part-fund the Rs 20-crore quality testing facility in Thrissur for exporters of Ayurveda medicine. This time, it is department of Ayush, under ministry of health, that has offered 30% assistance for the proposed Ayurveda cluster in Kinfra park in Thrissur.

Care-Keralam (a consortium of 62 Ayurveda products manufacturers in Kerala the private partner of Kinfras PPP venture has earlier got Rs 29-crore assistance from the Centres Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Fund for its common facility project.

This time the ministry of health is sparing Rs 10 crore from its Rs 100-crore cluster fundkitty, primarily to ensure that the Ayurveda products donot raise any quality issues like lead contamination.

One may recall the public debate between CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat and Swami Ramdev that had put the inputs in Ayurveda medicines under clinical scanner. Probablilty of metal toxicity is also a matter of export concern.

The assistance for the Thrissur lab facility is expected to be sanctioned in a month, Kinfra sources told FE.

Any Ayurveda company or a member of the Care-Kerala will be able to get its products quality-tested at the proposed site, sources said.

The cluster anticipates a range of common facilities including raw material sourcing centre, quality control labortary, herbal park, documentation centre on ayurveda and R&D facilities.

It is to rekindle ayurveda, sidha, unani and homoeopathy industry that department of Ayush has earmarked Rs 100 crore for developing 10 Ayush clusters. Only two applicants - one in Thrissur and other in Pune - had got their proposals cleared.