The Tribal Health Care Research Program (THCRP) was started by the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), an autonomous organization under Central Government in 1982. The project involves studies of the living condition of tribal people including health Traditions (LHT); use of common medicinal plants in the area; propagation of knowledge about hygiene and prevention of diseases; and extending medical aid at door steps. The objectives of the project are as under:

(i) Provide health care facility to tribal population;

(ii) Promote healthy living among tribes; and

(iii) Collect and document the folk claims and local health traditions to enable research etc.

The targets and progress under the project during FY 2016-17 till date are as under:

(i) Population covered (target): 80,000

(ii) Population covered (actual): 89120

(iii) Documentation of folklore/LHT (target): 160

(iv) Documentation of folklore/LHT (actual): 125

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shri ShripadYesso Naik in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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