Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Said on Tuesday that India’s development is incomplete without the development of its Northeast region.
Naidu was addressing a gathering at the National Seminar on ‘Bio-economy from Bio-resources of North Eastern Region of India’ organized by Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) in Imphal. He was in Imphal on a one-day tour.
Naidu said the Center is giving priority to the Northeast by adopting a multi-pronged approach for the all-round development of the region. He said that to make India a strong and developed nation it is important that the Northeast and Himalayan regions are developed.
Naidu also called upon all political parties to support the developmental initiatives taken by the Centre, irrespective of their political affiliation. Describing peace as a precondition for progress, the Vice President said that the unity and integrity of the nation cannot be compromised.
Naidu said the funds meant for the poor should reach them without any diversion or dilution. Emphasizing the importance of the use of mother tongue in administration, he called upon the villagers to make available the information about the development plans in the local language.
The Vice President also inaugurated the Phyto-pharmaceutical lab facility at the Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD).
Noting that the North-East is a biodiversity hotspot with rich diversity of ecosystems, Naidu praised IBSD for managing the region’s biological resources for sustainable development using modern biotechnological tools.
He also expressed happiness that ISBD, an organization under the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), is promoting the Phyto-pharmaceutical mission of the North Eastern Region. The mission, which aims to promote documentation, scientific validation and evaluation of traditional health practices, is an important step and assumes special significance in the context of the vast plant resources and diverse traditional health practices of the Northeast.
“I am happy to note that ISBD is also focusing on promoting start-ups based on the development of herbal medicinal products such as AYUSH drugs, phyto-pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. This is really the need of the hour,” he said.