New Delhi: The Supreme Court has turned down the petition filed by Uttar Pradesh government to remove AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, & Homeopathy) doctors working under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in the state.

The Apex Court raised questiones over the quality of health services being provided in the state.

A bench comprising of Justice Dalveer Bhandari upheld the judgement given by Allahabad High Court and said the decision has no drawback.

Challenging the Allahabad High Court decision to continue the services of 1200 contractual AYUSH doctors and pharmacists appointed under NRHM, the UP government filed petition in the Supreme Court.

Under NRHM 2010-11, UP government appointed 1,140 AYUSH doctors and 759 pharmacists on contractual basis.

By reducing the budget of the project from Rs 3,733.93 crores to Rs 3,300 crores the state government decided to bring the services of the AYUSH doctors to an end.