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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the first ever All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) today on account of "Ayurveda Day".

The inauguration of AIIA is expected to boost medical tourism in India as the institute is designed with state-of-the-art facilities that will attract foreign patients for Ayurvedic treatment of chronic health problems.

Speaking on the occasion, Modi said: "There should be an Ayurveda hospital in every district. The AYUSH Ministry is swiftly working in that direction and in just three years, over 65 AYUSH hospitals have been set up".

Days after Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA Sangeet Som said the Taj Mahal was a "blot on Indian culture", Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an apparent reference to the incident, said Tuesday that "no country can move ahead without (taking) pride in its heritage".

Modi said that people across the world are going back to nature, and it won't be hard to evolve atmosphere of ayurveda in such times He added that people are attracted to not only good health but also wellness and there is a need to strengthen ayurveda.

Modi claimed that efforts had been made in the past to destroy "India's strengths" and its traditions such as Yoga and Ayurved were belittled during the "era of slavery". He also called upon Ayush practitioners to go for research to develop medicines with immediate results but without side effects, keeping in view the demands of the times.

"People educated in Ayurveda must have full faith in Ayurveda, Let's take the vow of living for Ayurveda", said PM Modi.

He said attempts were made during the British Rule to weaken India's traditional methods, including that of medicine, farming and science.

He concluded by saying that his government has constructed more than 5 crore toilets in the last three years. He said the Union Government has approved 100 percent FDI in healthcare systems.

"Cleanliness crucial to strengthen preventive healthcare", he said. However, after getting freedom from slavery, there was hope that whatever was left would be preserved", Modi said, while adding: "But it did not become a priority.


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