NE to fuel India’s economic growth in post-Covid world: Union MoS Jitendra

NE to fuel India’s economic growth in post-Covid world: Union MoS Jitendra

TMB Report

Imphal: Union Minister of State for Science & Technology Dr Jitendra Singh launched the collaborative programme on capacity building and training for young researchers of North East Region on bioresources management and advanced biotechnology put together by Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development, Takyelpat and Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar at the MFDS auditorium on Monday. 

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh pointed out that PM Narendra Modi has visited the Northeast as many as fifty times during the last seven years which was more than the total visits by all previous Prime Ministers in the earlier decades. 

He also said that only the patronage of PM Modi enabled the launching of the first hill area development project in India from Manipur as a pilot project. 

Stressing that Manipur no longer makes news only for road blockades and protests in the last eight years, Jitendra maintained that peace and development were reciprocal as one suffers if the other was hampered. 

Progress and growth particularly in the region would be technology-related and biotechnology-related as the country in the post-covid times would be looking for new resources or means for supplementing its economy, he noted. 

The huge diverse bioresources of the region in the agricultural and horticultural sectors remain unexplored, so the contribution of biotechnology from Manipur, in particular, becomes important as it’s the nerve centre of all biotechnology research and experimentation in the region, the Union Minister said. 

In the post covid economy of the country, Northeast is going to play a major role, he observed, mentioning that the PM often talks about Northeast as the NE which means the New Engine. 

He opined that the biofuel from the bioresources of the region would be fueling the new engine of new India which is both a huge responsibility and opportunity for the region to set an example for the rest of India. 

The Union Minister also signed an MoU for a Covid testing mobile iLab with the Government of Mizoram. Later, 40 famers from different parts of the State received quality planting material of sweet mandarin (citrus sp), strawberry and Malbhog.  

Union Minister of State for External Affairs & Education Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh while speaking at the function said, as Manipur falls under Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspots there has been a huge potential of economic development through bioresources. He said scientific research and outreach programmes have been conducted throughout the Northeast by IBSD. The ultimate purpose of research is to benefit people and therefore IBSD should also work to serve the purpose, he added.

Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh said Biotechnology has a key role in socio-economic development in a state like Manipur where there is a rich bioresources. He said, around 70 percent of the total area of Manipur are forest and 80 percent of total population depends on agriculture and allied activities for their livelihood. In view of such importance, the State Government has been trying to set up a Biotechnology Park. It will help to establish bioresources based industries which will enhance socio-economic conditions in the State. He urged Dr. Jitendra Singh for extending full support in setting up of the Park in the State.

IBSD Director Professor K Mukherjee and Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajaoba were also present at the event.

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