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New Delhi : Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology Dr Jitendra Singh on November 9, 2021, inaugurated a new Biotechnology Centre for Northeast tribals at Kimin, a remote area in Arunachal Pradesh. He said the”Centre for Bio-resources and Sustainable Development” will greatly help in improving the socio-economic status of tribal people in the State. The Centre aims at conservation and sustainable utilisation of the local bio-resources using biotechnological tools and is ably supported by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, the Minister added.

Dr Singh said, ever since Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister, he has accorded a special priority to the development of the North Eastern region of India and also to the upliftment of tribals. He said that in the last seven years significant steps have been taken in areas like agriculture, hydel-power, infrastructure, information and communication technology, and tourism, as well as in creating new avenues of growth through the development of vertically integrated food processing chains, marketing the skill development and cross-border trade.

The Minister also underlined that the Department of Biotechnology has played a pivotal role to build capacity in the region for carrying out biotechnology research to address issues specific to the region.

Dr Singh said that the “The Centre for Bioresourcesand Sustainable Development” has also established academic linkages with several ICAR, CSIR Institutions, for efficient implementation of these programmes as they will create employment opportunities for the prospective young entrepreneurs of the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The facilities for the implementation of these programmes will be established in 4 districts of Arunachal Pradesh covering over 50 villages and benefit over 10,000 farmers in next 2 years, according to a PIB release.

The Minister said, the Centre is focusing on the implementation of three major programmes for benefit of the region.(i)  State-of-the-Art Orchidarium at the main Centre at Kimin for conservation and multiplication of priority orchid species along with establishing satellite units in selected districts of Arunachal Pradesh, (ii)  Establishment of banana fibre extraction and processing units in selected districts of Arunachal Pradesh, and (iii) Establishment of Aroma Unit for promotion of cultivation of aromatic crops and entrepreneurship development.

The Minister informed that for the scientific upliftment of the region, “The Centre for Bioresources and Sustainable Development”, has been established at Kimin, Papum Pare Ddistrict, Arunachal Pradesh, by the State Council for Science and Technology, Department of Science & Technology, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, with the support of Department of Biotechnology, GoI. The Centre was sanctioned on March 27, 2018, at a total cost of Rs 54.23 Crores initially for a period of 3 years. The tenure of the project has now been extended till September 26, 2023. Dr Singh also dedicated DBT funded Skill Vigyan Programme in Biotechnology to the state of Arunachal Pradesh during the event.

Three different Skill Development Councils (SDCs) of NSDC-MSDE are part of these trainings and signed MoUs with APSCS&T to extend their support in implementing the Skill Vigyan Programme for the State of Arunachal Pradesh along with various Patterning Institutions.