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Ayush ministry and ITDC sign MoU to promote medical travel

Published on January 25, 2023
Current Context: The Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), Ministry of Tourism, to collaborate on the promotion of Medical Value Travel (MVT) in Ayurveda and other traditional medical systems.
Ayush ministry and ITDC sign MoU to promote medical travel
  • The MoU was signed by Dr. Shashi Ranjan Vidyarthi, Director of AYUSH, and Piyush Tiwari, Director of ITDC in the presence of Pramod Kumar Pathak, special secretary of AYUSH, and other senior officials of the Ministry of AYUSH and ITDC.
  • The implementation and progress of the MoU will be monitored by a Joint Working Group (JWG) co-chaired by representatives from the Ministry of AYUSH and ITDC.
  • Under this MoU, the Ministry of AYUSH will train ITDC officials on the MVT in Ayurveda and other traditional systems of medicine.
  • The Ministry will identify tourist circuits with immense scope to promote MVT in Ayurveda and other traditional systems of medicine and will provide ITDC with all technical know-how as needed.
  • ITDC, on the suggestion of AYUSH, will include historical heritage sites of Indian systems of medicine in tourist destinations under "Knowledge Tourism" and may create films and literature that tourists will find useful.
  • The ITDC will explore establishing Ayurveda and Yoga centers in ITDC-run hotels and organize sensitization workshops in collaboration.
  • The JWG will identify the best practices adopted by countries like Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand and promote them as MVT destinations.

Question:

Q.1 Which of the following is true about the MoU signed by AYUSH and ITDC?
a. Promotes MVT in traditional medical systems
b. Signed by AYUSH and ITDC Directors
c. Monitored by Joint Working Group
d. All of the above
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