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NCDC Boosts Yoga

New Delhi: National Cooperative Development Corporation,(NCDC), a finance sector power house for cooperatives under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, and, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA), the unique Global Yoga University of Bengaluru have joined hands to give a big boost to setting up of Yoga Wellness Centres and Naturopathy Facilities across the country through cooperatives.

Both the organizations entered into an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pursue these goals through cooperative societies.

Speaking on the occasion the Union Minister for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Nayak said that the arrangements made by the two premier institutions is very timely and would benefits of Yoga to rural areas.

He observed that his Ministry supports such initiatives aimed at strengthening of efforts in Indian health systems, including Yoga which is a global movement.

Present on the occasion, Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare complimented NCDC on the fact that a new dimension has been added by NCDC to expand the welfare programmes for farmers under the NCDC Ayushman Sahakar scheme he had launched two months back.

He said that Yoga Wellness centres also make good business model for cooperatives to strengthen healthcare delivery system to rural areas.

Sundeep Nayak, MD of NCDC said that NCDC scheme Ayushman Sahakar with an outlay of Rs.10,000 crore, was launched on 19 October 2020. It aims at extending financial support to cooperatives.

The scheme has comprehensive and holistic approach to finance healthcare infrastructure and services. It covers hospitals, healthcare infrastructure, medical education, nursing education, paramedical education, drugs manufacturing, digital health, laboratory services, health insurance and Indian traditional medical systems like Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy.

Guruji Nagendra, Padmashri Awardee for his immense contribution in Yoga, is the Chancellor of S-VYASA. He said that a new dimension would be explored through cooperatives across the country.

Technical might of S-VYASA and financial strength of NCDC would be an ideal combination to support Yoga Centres.  

For building mutual cooperation the MOU was signed today to learn, assimilate and develop further on the core strengths, experience and institutional objectives in the public interest of outreach of healthcare services and Yoga education and training, evidence based research, studies, policy analysis, policy advice, consultancy, monitoring, evaluation, system development and technology development on issues and areas related to development of farmers and cooperatives as comprehensive and holistic approach to health and medical pluralism for sustainable development.

The MoU also aims to promote skilling of students or alumni of S-VYASA through internship opportunities offered by NCDC under its scheme Sahakar Mitra.