Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has called for stricter quality control standards for production of ayurvedic drugs.

He was addressing a meeting at Kuttanellur here on Tuesday to lay the foundation for Centre of Excellence for Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals in India at the State Government-owned Oushadhi.

The Centre is being set up with Rs. 5 crores sanctioned by the Union Government, Rs. 5 crores by the State Government, and Rs. 6.7 crores drawn from Oushadhi’s funds. Construction is likely to be launched in

May 2011. It is expected to be completed by May 2012.

“Good manufacturing practices have been notified by the Union Government. In the past 10 years, the Department of Ayush has supported manufacturers and laboratories in producing quality drugs.

It has provided Rs. 117.46 crores for this. The allocation to the Department of Ayush has increased from Rs. 488 crores in 2007-08 to Rs. 888 crores in 2010-2011,” he said.