New Delhi, February 7: Ensuring wellness of Railway employees being of prime concern, Department of Railways have signed an Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Ministry of Railways and Ministry of AYUSH in New Delhi to augment the AYUSH system services in its zonal hospitals at New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Guwahati.
The agreement was signed by Principal Executive Director and Health Gajendra Kumar, on behalf of the Railways and Advisor Manoj Nesari from Ayush Ministry.
According to the railway ministry, the Ayush health services would be scaled up in five Railway Hospitals -- B R Singh Hospital in Eastern Railway, Perambur Railway Hospital Southern Railway, Central Hospital of Northern Railway, JR Hospital in Western Railway and Central Hospital of Northeast Frontier Railway.
The traditional knowledge of the AYUSH systems will enable to help the vast majority of railway staff who perform stressful duties on site. During the occasion, Ministry of State Rajen Gohain stated that this cooperation of Ministry of Railways and Ministry of AYUSH will help in disseminating the old benefits of traditional system of medicine. He also added that this will create awareness of the good work and benefits being availed of the AYUSH services at the Guwahati Railway Hospital.
Minister of State (I/C) for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik
Under the terms included in the MoU which has been signed, it is seen that the Railway department will arrange for providing logistics and infrastructure in the form of Land & building, equipments and furniture, AYUSH medicines and consumables as well as Manpower. It will organize and provide direction for training to newly recruited AYUSH Doctors and AYUSH Paramedicals. Besides, Ministry of AYUSH in turn will provide all other technical inputs required for introduction of AYUSH Systems in the five identified Railways Hospitals. The department will also provide technical expertise regarding the pharmacopoeia, medicine inventory, hospital planning.
Presently Indian Railways is running 126 Homeopathic Clinics and 40 Ayurvedic Clinics through Staff Benefit Fund under Welfare Section of Establishment Directorate.