Northeast to be developed as India’s Bio-Economic hub: MoS Jitendra Singh
Guwahati: The Union Minister of State (MoS) in Science & Technology, Jitendra Singh stated that Northeast will soon be transformed into India’s bio-economic hub.
The Minister said, the Eastern Himalayan Region is one of the mega-biodiversity rich zones and is among the 34 biodiversity Hotspots of the world.
“There is a need to put these invaluable genetic resources to use for the economic growth of the region in particular and to the nation in general, through biotechnological interventions,” Singh added.
Due to consistent and renewed focus of Modi Government, India will be recognized as a Global Bio-manufacturing Hub by 2025 and will figure among the top 5 countries of the world, the minister asserted.
He said, India’s Bio-Economy is on its way to achieve 150-billion-dollar target from the current 70 billion-dollar by 2025 and will contribute effectively to the Prime Minister’s vision of a 5 trillion-dollar economy by 2024-25.
Singh said that on the directives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Department of Biotechnology has played a pivotal role to build capacity in the North Eastern region for carrying out biotechnology research to address issues specific to the region and implement programmes for the societal upliftment of the local communities as the North Eastern region is a genetic treasure house of plant, animal and microbial resources.
“Along with Union Minister Sh @RanjanRajkuma11, Rajya Sabha member Maharaja ji and Director Dr Parol Mukerjee, a Group Photograph with the faculty and students of Institute of Bioresources & Sustainable Development(IBSD) #Imphal, #Manipur.” – tweeted Jitendra Singh.