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Ayush Ministry, ITDC sign MoU to promote medical tourism in Ayurveda & traditional systems of medicine

The Ministry of Ayush has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) to work together for the promotion of Medical Value Travel in Ayurveda and other traditional systems of medicine.

Ayush Ministry Director Dr Shashi Ranjan Vidyarthi and ITDC Director (Commercial and Marketing) Piyush Tiwari signed the MoU in the presence of Ayush Ministry Special Secretary Pramod Kumar Pathak and other senior officials. According to the MoU, the Ayush Ministry will train and sensitize ITDC officials about the Medical value travel in Ayurveda and other traditional systems of medicine. It will identify tourist circuits, where there is immense scope to promote Medical value travel in Ayurveda and other traditional systems of medicine and provide all technical knowhow from time to time to ITDC.

ITDC on suggestion of Ministry of Ayush will include historical heritage sites of Indian systems of medicine in tourist destinations under “Knowledge Tourism” and may develop films/literature useful to tourists. It will explore establishing Ayurveda and Yoga centres in the Hotels run by ITDC and will organize sensitization workshops in collaboration. The implementation and progress of the MoU will be monitored by a Joint Working Group (JWG) co-chaired by representatives from the Ayush Ministry and ITDC. The JWG will also identify best practices adopted by Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand etc. to promote themselves as a preferred destination for Medical value travel. (Source The Statesman)

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