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New Delhi : Union AYUSH and Ports, Shipping & Waterways Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on October 9, 2021, said that the northeastern region possess the greatest potential for the next phase of economic growth of the country. The diversity of flora in the region along with the rich heritage of traditional medicine will act as a catalyst for development of AYUSH based industries in the region. The Union government is committed to elevate the economic proposition of the Northeast and provide the launch pad for India’s next economic growth, he said.

Sonowal was attending the review meeting of the North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda & Homeopathy (NEIAH) held at Umiam in Ri Bhoi district, Meghalaya. Speaking to the mediaperson, he stressed on the need of best quality education for students of the region. The best education in Ayurveda nursing and pharmacy as well as professional short-term courses in Panchkarma Therapy so that students from Northeast and from other parts of the country can avail it. Sonowal stressed on training world class manpower who will be able to drive the economic growth, according to a PIB release.

Sonowal said that the government remains committed to make northeast the growth engine of India. In this regard, he highlighted the rich and dynamic flora that nature has bestowed on us. There is a major opportunity for AYUSH based industries to look at northeast as the next destination for their new units. The world class professionals trained at NEIAH and other important training centers under Ministry of AYUSH will complement with the availability of the flora in the region to accelerate growth in the region.

The Union Minister stated that the Govt is committed to develop modern infra in NEIAH. He announced that the Govt will take steps to start PG courses at the institute and stipend for Homoeopathy Interns will be increased at par with Ayurveda. During the review meeting with the top officials of his ministry, Sonowal took stock of the steps taken by the government to build capacity in the AYUSH led initiatives. He advised a few course corrections so that results from these initiatives can reach the end users and people sooner than later.