The Madras High Court has sought from the Central and Tamil Nadu Governments the details of fund allotment and utilization for the development of Siddha medicine.
The Court was dealing with a Public Interest Litigation which brought to the notice of the Court that the Siddha Medical College at Palayamkottai, Thirunalveli District was not functioning properly.
"Siddha system is a neglected child both by Central and State Governments, whereas Ayuredam is developed by Central Government and by other State Governments. Siddha has its origin in Tamil Nadu. Since the Governments have not shown any sufficient interest by allotting funds, there is no considerable research made in the Siddha field", observed the bench of Justices Kirubakaran and S S Sundar.
The bench observed that "Siddha Medicines have to be popularized by the Governments in the appropriate manner".
"Both the central and state governments are expected to allot more funds and provide more facilities to the Siddha doctors, especially to the students for doing research", the bench further said.
The Court suo moto impleaded the Union Government and the Department of Ayush and sought details of fund allotment, fund utilization, degree holders in Siddha Medicine and their job opportunities, steps taken to identify herbal plants which are the basis of Siddha medicine, plans proposed for the development of the system etc.
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