Ministry Of Ayush Organizes Congregation Meeting of Civil 20 Engagement Groups

Meeting conducted at Sushma Swaraj Bhavan in New Delhi
New Delhi, 21st July 2023: The Ministry of AYUSH organized a congregation meeting of all engagement groups including the Civil 20 engagement group chaired by Amma, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi. This meeting was conducted at Sushma Swaraj Bhavan in New Delhi. The representatives of various engagement groups such as Science 20, Think Tank 20, Women 20, and Start-Up 20 were present at this meeting. On behalf of Civil 20, Br. Moshamrita Chaitanya represented the Integrated Holistic Health working group and Dr. Priya Nair also joined this meeting online from AIMS Kochi.

The objectives of this meeting included – (a) Sharing contributions of the Ministry of AYUSH under India’s presidency of G20 (b) coordinating and aligning the efforts of the AYUSH Ministry while understanding the activities of various engagement groups (c) inviting consolidated recommendations for projecting AYUSH as driver of the global traditional medicine industry (d) considerations of consolidated recommendations of the engagement groups for policy engagements.

All the representatives of the engagement groups spoke about their respective engagement groups and how their efforts are working in tandem with the AYUSH ministry’s objectives of fostering traditional medicine as the way to achieve holistic health and well-being that covers the health of the body, mind as well as the environment.

Dr. Priya Nair, Co-lead, Integrated Holistic Health Working Group said, “1042 CSOs (Civil Society Organizations) from 84 countries have registered in various proceedings of the Integrated Holistic Health working group, such as policy brainstorming workshops, the Integrated Holistic Health Summit at Amrita Hospital, Faridabad, Chaupals, Samaajshaals, etc.” She also touched upon the need to recognize One Health that not just humans, but also plants, animals, and the environment. She also gave a brief on the policy recommendations of the Integrated Holistic Health working group.

Br. Mokshamrita Chaitanya, National Coordinator of AYUDH India said, “The IHH working group under the leadership of Amma, has been trying to promote yoga and meditation to achieve the goal of holistic health and well-being. He said that more than 2.1 million people around the globe have participated in the 999 challenge consisting of 9 rounds of Surya Namaskar and 9 minutes of world peace meditation. They have been able to make a positive impact on the life of millions of people.” He also informed the gathering that thousands of schools students from the schools of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Tamilnadu, and so on have participated in the 999 challenge. It has helped young students feel more energetic, have better concentration while studying, improved digestion, sound sleep, and peace of mind.

Sh. Amitabh Kant (Sherpa G20) gave the concluding remarks at the end of this congregation.

Other distinguished speakers at this meeting included Sh. Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha (Secretary Ministry of AYUSH), Sh. Rahul Sharma (Joint Secy. Ministry of AYUSH), Sh. Lav aggarwal (Addl. Secy Ministry of health and family welfare), Sh. Abhay Thakur (Addl. Secy Ministry of External Affairs), and Dr. Bahavana Parsher (Senior scientist, CSIR).

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