The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is an Indian government ministry charged with health policy in India. It is also responsible for all government programs relating to family planning in India.
The Minister of Health and Family Welfare holds cabinet rank as a member of the Council of Ministers. The current minister is Shri. Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is assisted by a Minister of States for Health and Family Welfare, Shri. Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury & Shri. S. Gandhiselvan.
The ministry is composed of four departments – Department of Health & Family Welfare, Department of Health Research, Department of AIDS Control and Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH). It regularly publishes the Indian Pharmacopoeia since 1955 through Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) an autonomous body under the ministry for setting of standards for drugs, pharmaceuticals and healthcare devices and technologies in India