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Special On-Arrival AYUSH Visa For Foreign Nationals, Says Indian PM Narendra Modi

In the presence of WHO DG Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Global AYUSH Investment and Innovation Summit in Gandhinagar on Wednesday, and asserted that India will introduce a special AYUSH visa category for foreign nationals who want to come to the country to take advantage of traditional medicine.

To cater to the increasing for traditional medicine among foreign nationals, PM Modi stated, “Soon, India will introduce a special AYUSH visa category for foreign nationals who want to come to India to take advantage of AYUSH therapy.”

In his speech, Prime Minister Modi stated that the opportunities for investment and innovation in the field of AYUSH are limitless. “We are already witnessing an unprecedented boom in the production of AYUSH medicines, supplements and cosmetics,” added the Prime Minister.

“We are going to make a special AYUSH hallmark. This hallmark will be applied to the highest quality Ayush products made in India,” added PM Modi.

The Prime Minister stated that it is critical that farmers who grow medicinal plants have the ability to easily connect with the market. According to him, the government is also working on modernising and expanding the AYUSH e-marketplace for this purpose.

“So far, this year, 14 startups have joined the unicorn club. I am confident that unicorns will soon emerge from among the AYUSH ecosystem” said PM.

“It’s the first time an investment summit for the AYUSH sector has been held,” PM said of Ayush’s contribution during the COVID pandemic. This occurred to me during the COVID19 outbreak. ‘AYUSH Kada’ and other similar products helped people boost their immunity during this time.”

The WHO Director-General was joined at the ceremony by Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, and Union AYUSH Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, stated that he feels “privileged to come to the land of Mahatma Gandhi.”

Tedros emphasised development areas, saying, “Long-term strategic investments and government commitment are required to support innovation, innovators.” The government must develop traditional medicine in a sustainable manner, and bringing traditional medicine to market must ensure that the communities that provided this knowledge benefit as well,” Dr Tedros added.

The participation of Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth in the AYUSH Investment and Innovation Summit is a source of pride for him. Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel spoke on the occasion, praising PM Modi’s efforts in Yoga and traditional medicine.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts have made a place in the world for Yoga and for now traditional medicine. People across the world are now moving towards traditional medicine. It’s time to now move toward preventive medicine.”

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