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"Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Ayurveda Summit 2014 in Gandhinagar"
"Shri Modi spoke of how Ayurveda had significant scope in the future as the concept of holistic healthcare was increasingly being adopted by the global audience"
"We need to present our technology to the world in the language in which they understand. Why cannot our herbal medicines take over the world market: Shri Narendra Modi"
"Every flower has the potential to rid illness...one such flower is the Lotus: Shri Modi"
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Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Ayurveda Summit 2014 in Gandhinagar, on the morning of 25th February, 2014. The Summit is being organized by the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Gujarat.

Addressing a large gathering of Ayurveda practitioners, representing the 26 states of India, Shri Modi spoke of how the untapped potential of Ayurveda had significant scope in the future as the concept of holistic healthcare was increasingly being adopted by people across the globe. He stated that along with giving emphasis to the practitioners, an equal focus must be laid on the Ayurveda medicine manufacturers.

Speaking on promoting Ayurveda through better application of technology, Shri Modi highlighted how branding and packaging of the vast base of Ayurvedic medicines, and the extensive knowledge of Ayurveda, would escalate their demand across the globe and thereby increase our exports. “We have lot of talent but we need to present it to the world in the most modern manner. We need to present our technology to the world in the language in which they understand. The Hathi Commission was called for improving the packaging for Ayurveda. If China is exporting it, it means there is a market. Why cannot our herbal medicines take over the world market? How can we take our Ayurveda to the world,” said Shri Modi. He also suggested other ways of promotion, including digitalisation of ancient manuscripts.

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Shri Modi also put forth many ways to promote the use of Ayurveda, some of which included tapping the countries that believe in traditional medicine and engaging them in discussions and affiliating our Ayurvedic colleges with foreign colleges. He stressed that by taking such initiatives at the global level, other countries could be brought under the umbrella of Ayurveda and a corpus fund could be created and used for intensive research in this field. The increased emphasis laid by the State government, on promoting Ayurveda, was clearly reflected in Shri Modi’s statement of the budget for the same rising from Rs. 36 crores few years back to Rs. 325 crore in the current plan.

Urging the audience to take effective steps at creating a ‘Swastha Bharat’, Shri Modi called for the need to raise awareness on Intellectual Property Rights, stating that patenting was the need-of-the-hour for Ayurveda. “We are also lagging behind in one thing and that is patent. Just saying our things are best will not do. We need greater awareness in IPR and patents especially vis-a-vis Ayurveda,” said Shri Modi.

Shri Modi spoke of the vast scope entailed in the practise of Ayurveda and emphasized on the need to understand and value our rich Ayurvedic legacy, instead of doubting its prevalence and effectiveness. “There have been attempts to forget the nation's glorious culture. Sadly, sometimes we begin suspecting ourselves also,” said Shri Modi.

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He highlighted how the prevalence and preference for Ayurveda will increase only if its practitioners have trust in its effectiveness and only if the patient has enough patience to follow it. “The doctors of Ayurveda must have complete faith in Ayurveda. Also, the patient needs to have patience. If that does not happen, then the patient and Ayurveda cannot mix,” said Shri Modi. He also put forth the example of Mahatma Gandhi’s immense faith in our culture and urged the audience to have faith in the efficacy of Ayurveda. He said, “First and foremost we need to have faith in our traditions. Many times, people wondered about Gandhiji's attire etc. but he was never affected. He engaged with the world on his own terms.”

Asserting that the problems of ‘hurry, worry and curry’ are the main cause of concern for humankind, Shri Modi called for the need to adopt an approach that promotes the balance of all three aspects and ensures improved living.

Shri Modi also put forth the pioneering initiative of the ETC (electro-tridosh-gram), which, like the ECG, reflected the imbalance, if any, in the ‘tridosh’ of the human body.

Stating that the potential of every flower or fruit to cure illnesses is immense, Shri Modi, with a touch of wit to his talk, said, “Every flower has the potential to rid illness...one such flower is the Lotus.”

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev spoke of how Ayurveda was being given its due credit from the land of Gujarat, and stated how this form of medicine had cured several diseases like thyroid, BP and asthma. He said that all forms of medicine must be given due importance, and stressed on the need to have better infrastructure for promoting Ayurveda. “Let us think about our nation. Let us think how we can prevent our people from falling ill. Humare paas gyan hai aur vigyaan ka roop dene ke liye thodi madad chahiye...poori duniya ko swastha bana sakte hain,” said Baba Ramdev.

Dignitaries present on the occasion included Shri Nitin Patel, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Parbatbhai Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, renowned Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev, Shri Rajesh Kishore, additional secretary, Health and Family Welfare Dept, Government of Gujarat, Dr Varesh Sinha, Shri Acharya Balkrushna ji, head of Chikitsalayas of Patanjali Yogpeeth,
Dr. H.R.
Nagendra,
Vice Chancellor, SVYASA University,
Bangalore
, Prof. O P Upadhyaya, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, Shri Krishnakumar from Coimbatore, Shri Rasidullah Khan, Dr. Banita Murlikumar, Dr. Raghunandan Sharma, Dr. Tyagi, Dr. Bharat Boghra, ex-MLA Rajkot, Dr. Hasmukh Soni, Dr Rajesh Koteja, Dr Kirit Patel, Vaidya H S Kasture, ex-director ISM & H, and well-known proctologist Vaidya Indubhai Dave.

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Package for Promotion of Digital and Cashless Economy
December 08, 2016
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Govt introduces a package of incentives for promotion of digital and cashless economy
0.75% discount on purchase of petrol/diesel through digital means
Deployment of 2 POS devices each in 1 Lakh villages with population of less than 10,000
Discount upto 0.5% for monthly or seasonal tickets from January 1, 2017, if payment is made digitally
All railway passengers buying online ticket shall be given free accidental insurance cover of upto Rs. 10 lakh

In the aftermath of the cancellation of the legal tender character of old Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 notes, there has been a surge in the digital transactions through use of credit/debit cards and mobile phone applications/e-wallets etc. To further accelerate this process, the Central Government has decided on a package of incentives and measures for promotion of digital and cashless economy in the country. 

These incentives/measures are following: 

  1. The Central Government Petroleum PSUs shall give incentive by offering a discount at the rate of 0.75% of the sale price to consumers on purchase of petrol/diesel if payment is made through digital means.

Nearly 4.5 crore customers buy petrol or diesel at such petrol pumps per day who can take benefit of this incentive scheme.  It is estimated that petrol/diesel worth Rs.1800 crore is sold per day to the customers out of which nearly 20% was being paid through digital means.  In the month of November 2016 it has increased to 40% and the cash transaction of Rs.360 crore per day have got shifted to cashless transaction methods.  The incentive scheme has the potential of shifting at least 30% more customer to digital means which will further reduce the cash requirement of nearly Rs. 2 lakh crore per year at the petrol pumps.

  1. To expand digital payment infrastructure in rural areas, the Central Government through NABARD will extend financial support to eligible banks for deployment of 2 POS devices each in 1 Lakh villages with population of less than 10,000.  These POS machines are intended to be deployed at primary cooperative societies/milk societies/agricultural input dealers to facilitate agri-related transactions through digital means.

This will benefit farmers of one lakh village covering a total population of nearly 75 crore who will have facility to transact cashlessly in their villages for their agri needs. 

  1. The Central Government through NABARD will also support Rural Regional Banks and Cooperative Banks to issue “Rupay Kisan Cards” to 4.32 crore Kisan Credit Card holders to enable them to make digital transactions at POS machines/Micro ATMs/ATMs.
  1. Railway through its sub urban railway network shall provide incentive by way of discount upto 0.5% to customers for monthly or seasonal tickets from January 1, 2017, if payment is made through digital means.

Nearly 80 lakh passengers use seasonal or monthly ticket on suburban railways, largely in cash, spending worth nearly Rs.2,000 crore per year.  As more and more passengers will shift to digital means the cash requirement may get reduced by Rs.1,000 crore per year in near future.

  1. All railway passengers buying online ticket shall be given free accidental insurance cover of upto Rs. 10 lakh.

Nearly 14 lakh railway passengers are buying tickets everyday out of which 58% tickets are bought online through digital means.  It is expected that another 20% passengers may shift to digital payment methods of buying railway tickets.  Hence nearly 11 lakh passengers per day will be covered under the accidental insurance scheme.

  1. For paid services e.g. catering, accommodation, retiring rooms etc. being offered by railways through its affiliated entities/corporations to the passengers, it will provide a discount of 5% for payment of these services through digital means.

All the passengers travelling on railways availing these services may avail the benefit.

  1. Public sector insurance companies will provide incentive, by way of discount or credit, upto 10% of the premium in general insurance policies and 8% in new life policies of Life Insurance Corporation sold through the customer portals, in case payment is made through digital means.
  1. The Central Government Departments and Central Public Sector Undertakings will ensure that transactions fee/MDR charges associated with payment through digital means shall not be passed on to the consumers and all such expenses shall be borne by them.  State Governments are being advised that the State Governments and its organizations should also consider to absorb the transaction fee/MDR charges related to digital payment to them and consumer should not be asked to bear it.
  1. Public sector banks are advised that merchant should not be required to pay more than Rs. 100 per month as monthly rental for PoS terminals/Micro ATMs/mobile POS from the merchants to bring small merchant on board the digital payment eco system.

Nearly 6.5 lakh machines by Public Sector Banks have been issued to merchants who will be benefitted by the lower rentals and promote digital transactions.  With lower rentals, more merchants will install such machines and promote digital transactions. 

  1. No service tax will be charged on digital transaction charges/MDR for transactions upto Rs.2000 per transaction.
  1. For the payment of toll at Toll Plazas on National Highways using RFID card/Fast Tags, a discount of 10% will be available to users in the year 2016-17.