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SHRIPAD NAIK – LEADING FROM THE FRONT TO TURN INDIA INTO A GLOBAL AYURVEDA

Shripad Naik-ji holds the key portfolio of Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).
Shripad Naik is a multifaceted personality and is a Member of Parliament from Panaji constituency in Goa. Shri Shripad Naik won with a margin of 10,500 votes – a whopping margin; considering the population of Goa.
Naik-ji, who is yet to lose an election, was born on 4th October, 1952 at Adpai Village, North Goa. Naik – who is also an avid sports personality having represented Goa in Volleyball, Kabaddi and a Silver Medallist in Shooting began his political career as a Sarpanch in 1984.
Having exhibited excellent leadership qualities, he was elevated to the post of General Secretary, for Goa BJP.
He was also a member of the National Executive, BJP from 1988-2000 and 2004 onwards. Shri Shripad Naik was also the President of Bharatiya Janata Party from 1990 to 1995.
A highly respected leader and a man of great stature and integrity he has held Ministerial positions in the past too. Naik was the Union Minister of State, Agriculture, Union Minister of State Shipping, Civil Aviation Minister, Union Minister of State, Road Transport and Highways.
Under his auspices, AYUSH Ministry has received a huge impetus by introduction of several programmes. The ministry under his leadership has taken concerted efforts for systematic development of Ayurveda and traditional medicines. AYUSH Ministry has already signed a number of MOUs with institutions in different countries for bilateral co-operation in research and knowledge sharing in the field of Ayurveda and other traditional form of medicines.
Under his magnanimous leadership the AYUSH ministry has received several accreditations and set new records:
ISO 9001:2008 certificate for applying Quality Management System for “Provision of Policy Formulation, Development and Implementation of Programmes for the Propagation & Growth of AYUSH” (this is an International standard that defines good management practices. It aims at providing a global standard that spells out quality and trust).
A man who sets high-standards for himself, the Ministry under his leadership has introduced bio metric attendance system for punctuality of staff.
The Ministry of AYUSH successfully celebrated 1st International Day of Yoga on 21st June, 2015 at Rajpath, New Delhi. On this eventful day two Guinness World Records were achieved:
Largest Yoga lesson involving 35,985 participants and maximum number of Nationalities (84) participated in a single yoga session.

Key achievements of AYUSH Ministry under Shripad Naik-ji:

The Ministry of AYUSH made a number of important strides in the year 2016 to strengthen and popularise the alternative systems of medicine. Only two years old Ministry organised a series of programmes in the direction of providing affordable, reliable and easily accessible medical facilities to the masses. Schemes were introduced to boost research and MOUs were signed to enhance cooperation with other countries in the field of Homeopathy, Ayurveda and other traditional systems of medicine.
The patient-centric approach of the AYUSH systems of medicine, namely Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy hold significant potential for finding solutions to India’s public health challenges. The Ministry continued to make special efforts to promote these Systems.

POSTS HELD SO FAR
• General Secretary of BJP’s Goa Pradesh in 1988
• President of BJP in the year 1990
• Legislator in Goa assembly from 1994 to 1999
• Gets elected to Lok Sabha in 1999, 2004 and 2014
• Member of Committee of Ministry of Rural Development
• Committee on Absence of Members from the sittings of the house
• Committee of Transport and Tourism
• Consultative Committee of Ministry of Rural Development

The Ministry of AYUSH made a number of important strides in the year 2016 to strengthen and popularise the alternative systems of medicine. Only two years old Ministry organised a series of programmes in the direction of providing affordable, reliable and easily accessible medical facilities to the masses. Schemes were introduced to boost research and MOUs were signed to enhance cooperation with other countries in the field of Homeopathy, Ayurveda and other traditional systems of medicine.

The patient-centric approach of the AYUSH systems of medicine, namely Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha & Sowa-Rigpa and Homoeopathy hold significant potential for finding solutions to India’s public health challenges. The Ministry continued to make special efforts to promote these Systems.

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