Himalayan states fountainhead of Aromatic StartUps: Dr Jitendra
Post by on Monday, June 6, 2022
Dehradun, June 05: The Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said that Himalayan states including Uttarakhand can be the fountainhead of Aromatic StartUps. The geography and climatic conditions in Himalayan States favour the cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants and these can be developed into Agri-tech StartUp enterprises. This is especially relevant given the recent interest in medicinal plants in the wake of COVID pandemic.
According to the official spokesperson Dr Singh was interacting with Civil Society organisations at a public outreach programme organised by BJP here.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that this interaction with the NGOs is part of an outreach programme to have a dialogue with those involved in social service. He added that these interactions also provide valuable feedback and suggestions for the government.
The Union Minister appreciated the work being done by the organisations and said that they provide an opportunity to reach and influence people in the farthest corners of our nation. Speaking about the conducive climate of Uttarakhand for aromatic plants, the Minister said that Government has started ‘Aroma Mission’ through CSIR in the Union Ministry of Science & Technology.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that CSIR is providing comprehensive handholding from product development to marketing. He said that our youth has made the nation a hub of start-ups in the last 8 years, but we need to expand our vision beyond the IT-enabled services sector and look at the Agri-tech sector for unleashing our untapped potential.
Dr Jitendra Singh later addressed a press briefing where he said that the last 8 years have sprung new hope in the nation’s collective psyche. He added that the massive infrastructure development in the thus far neglected North-Eastern India is a testament to the will of the government to invest in all our people. Dr Singh said that the development of railway and air infrastructure in these parts has meant the end of their isolation from the rest of India.
The Union Minister said that the focus of the government in the last years has been on employment generation and capacity building of our youth. The Union Minister further said that hard work being done for the people has led to faith in the leadership of India. He added that this new modus-operandi and a new culture of our polity have been endorsed by our citizens who have reposed their faith in the government.