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Plea In Supreme Court For Seeking Revival and Extension of “AYUSH-NPCDCS” Integrated Project

Ayush Doctors And Yoga Instructors have proceeded before the Hon’ble Supreme Court for seeking recommendations for revival and extension of the captioned project with the same force, in all 6 districts and expeditious completion of the entire practice through the “National Ayush Mission.”

By: Sachin Jain, Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi

The plea titled Dr Sree Hanumantha Rao Nalla and Others Vs Union of India filed through Adv. Alakh Alok Srivastava, is eligible to be listed for hearing before the Apex Court on the 1st of July this year.

The plea has also aimed to seek some recommendations to the States to submit their respective proposals for the integration of AYUSH with NPCDCS through their respective State Annual Action Plan, mainly Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Rajasthan, UP and West Bengal.

The plea contended that from April 30, 2021, Respondents have closed the said “AYUSH-NPCDCS” project in an immoral and unfair way, and conclusively lead to complete indifference in benefits being rendered by the “AYUSH-NPCDCS” integrated project to the lakhs of residents of India.

The plea also noted that the Petitioners have greatly performed their duties during the COVID-19 pandemic as COVID warriors from March 2020 to April 2021, and the “AYUSH-NPCDCS” integrated pilot project ought to have been continued.

Terminating the petitioners’ services and later on reviving the asserted project under NAM will definitely require new recruitment and training also, which eventually will be much time as well as money consuming practice. They argued as they stated themselves as duly qualified & trained Doctors and Yoga Instructors.

The Ministry of Labour and Employment had notified all the Employers of Public as well as Private establishments to not to terminate their employees amid deadly pandemic.

Further, the decision to stop the captioned project and terminate the employment of the Petitioners contravenes the D.O. dated March 20, 2020, plea stated. 

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