Govt asked to maintain transparency, accountability in fund use
Source: Chronicle News Service

Imphal, October 05 2021: Commending contribution of the Indian scientific community in the nation building process and stating that progress of the country rests in the hands of the scientists, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has exhorted the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Imphal to strive for proper management of the rich bio-resources available in the northeast region.

Addressing the gathering at a national seminar on 'Bio-economy from Bio-resources of North Eastern Region of India' organised by IBSD at its Takyelpat complex on Tuesday, he also advised the government of Manipur to focus on important areas like health, education, agriculture, communication and connectivity to accelerate development in the region along with asking the state to encourage and the youth to take up different sports.

Emphasising on development of road and proper connectivity in the North Eastern region for overall development of the region, the Vice President said development activities in the North Eastern states will reap fruit if funds provided by the Centre for various projects are utilised with transparency and accountability.

Development of the country is incomplete without the development of North East.

Communication should be strengthened in the North East, he maintained.

Strongly advocating transparency and corruption-free governance, Naidu said that funds meant for the poor should reach them without any diversion or dilution.

Noting importance of using mother tongue in administration, he called for providing information on development schemes to villagers in local language.

The Vice President opined that rational thinking and scientific temper are the cornerstones of a progressive nation.

"You are endowed with the requisite education, training, focus and discipline to apply pragmatic scientific knowledge for fast-tracking the country's all-round development," he said to the scientists present.

Stressing that India's development is incomplete without development of the North Eastern Region, VP Naidu said that the Central government has been according priority to the North East by adopting a multi-dimensional approach for the all-round development of the region.

Calling upon the states and the Centre to work in the true spirit of Team India for growth and prosperity, he also asserted that peace is a prerequisite to progress and there cannot be any compromise on the unity and integrity of the nation.

As the North-Eastern region is a biodiversity Hotspot with its rich variety of eco-systems the IBSD needs to manage the bio-resources of the region for sustainable development adopting modern biotechnological tools.

He also urged the researchers and scientists to work shoulder to shoulder along with other important groups to make India a Vishwaguru once again.

Earlier, while inaugurating the Phyto-pharmaceutical Lab Facility at IBSD, he expressed elation that the institution under the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) is promoting the Phyto-pharmaceutical Mission of North-Eastern Region.

Stating that the Mission aims to promote the documentation, scientific validation and evaluation of traditional healthcare practices, he also commended ISBD for focusing on the promotion of startups based on the development of herbal medicinal products such as AYUSH drugs, Phyto-pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, among others.

As the Phyto-pharmaceutical Mission will focus mainly on therapeutic areas like antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti fungal and insect repellents, it would definitely help in popularising traditional healthcare practices and aid in the development of effective alternative herbal medicines to combat diseases like Covid-19."I am certain that the move to target high quality volatile oil producing plants under this programme will attract more farmers to commercial cultivation of aromatic plants of this region," he maintained.

The Vice President exuded confidence that transformational approaches in developing products, processes and technologies with local bio-resources will help in development of traditional knowledge-based therapeutic agents leading to the socio economic development of the region as well as benefits to traditional health care practitioners.

He also appreciated IBSD's initiatives in ensuring quality standards of food and water in the North Eastern Region.

The Vice President also visited the recently established Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) facility at the Institute and praised IBSD's role in combating the challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Naidu said through the INSACOG network, the entire genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 virus across the nation can be tracked consequently aiding in understanding how the virus spreads and evolves.

Complimenting IBSD for its sterling efforts to sequence the SARS CaV 2 positive samples, he maintained that the laboratory in Manipur is a big leap in the collective fight against the novel coronavirus.

He congratulated IBSD director Prof Pulok Kumar Mukherjee for his efforts and also appreciated IBSD's numerous outreach programmes to ensure that the fruits of its research reach the common people of this region.

As guest of honour of the laboratory inauguration function, Governor La Ganesan congratulated all the Scientists and Researchers of IBSD and made a special request to the authorities of the newly inaugurated laboratory to reach out to far flung rural areas where medical facilities are almost nil or minimum and to those people residing who are economically backward.

The basic objective of this Phytopharmaceutical Lab is to provide quality medical facility.

The medical facilities in the North Eastern region including Manipur are insufficient compared to other metropolitan cities.

The region is directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and it is our belief that we are going to overcome the challenge but it will take some time, he said.

In his presidential address, chief minister N Biren stressed that the North-East region is blessed with rich biodiversity.

The State government is committed to protect the environment and ecology and has been making various efforts for protecting forests thereby increasing the Protected Area Networks.

State Botanical Garden and Biodiversity Parks have been established for protecting and conserving the local species.

State Biodiversity Board and Manipur State Wetlands Authority are also functioning.

He also stated that he was delighted to learn that IBSD has taken up several researches on bioresources available in the region.

The newly developed laboratory will help in documenting large number of medicinal plants of the North East region.

Scientific validations and characterization of bioactive compounds have tremendous significance for nutraceuticals and drug development.

He expressed happiness that IBSD has also made significant contributions to the people in the region during the pandemic by providing manpower and RT-PCR to-strengthen testing capacity.

It is commendable.that IBSD initiated the Genome sequencing facility for Corona virus for the first time in NE India.

The state government looks forward to its continued collaboration with the Institute, he added.

The National seminar was organised in commemoration of 75 years of India's independence (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav).

The function was also attended by the council of minister, MLAs, Prof Pulok Kumar Mukherjee, ISBD scientist Dr Nanaocha Sharma and others.

* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.

HEADLINES - 06, OCT 2021
  • Covid claims 3 more, 157 new cases logged
  • India's progress incomplete without development of NE region: Naidu
  • State allows social, religious gathering with riders
  • Naidu interacts with Olympians, achievers
  • All Manipur ICDS Employees Union stages sit in protest
  • Locals storm Heirok Police Station, demand transfer of OC
  • Congress stages rally against UP incident
  • 8th convocation ceremony of NIT Manipur held
  • Mysterious disease stalks buffaloes at Senapati
  • Nemcha Kipgen stirs up Durga Puja spirit amongst Hindus in Kangpokpi
  • "Will strive for a developed Naoriya Pakhanglakpa AC"
  • HAC team meets President
  • Nature Club extends solidarity to solo walker
  • Political discussion program conducted
  • 48-hr bandh from October 6
  • Alumni Meet: The first "MILAP" of Himgiri Zee University
  • SRC announces derecognition of Soraphung village headman
  • Legal awareness programme organised
  • Directorate of Agriculture notifies
  • Keventer outlet opened
  • FEEDS and its founder bag CHAI awards
  • 66th Widlife Week organised
  • Cash award announced
  • Three fatalities, 157 new positive cases reported
  • VP urges industry to promote sports, meets achievers
  • Vet teams examine buffalo deaths
  • Alarm bell pressed over breast cancer rise in state
  • Dr Ranjan calls for energy efficient future
  • Cong protests UP incident, arrest of Priyanka Gandhi
  • Govt allows social gathering
  • CrPC 144 imposed in Yairipok Singha
  • Henglep AC intending candidate hosts leaders' meet
  • Minister Lukhoi bats for entrepreneurial ventures
  • No changes in Naoriya in 30 years: Malesh
  • Club extends solidarity to wayfarer Manikanta
  • Bandh called to demand fair compensation
  • BJP chief Nadda to visit state on Oct 9,10
  • MLA Dr Ranjan calls for judicious use of RTI
  • Stricter firearm licencing guidelines stressed
  • Rally marks 66th Wildlife Week observance
  • Bethel Children Park opened at Valpakot
  • Man accused in sexual assault case traceless
  • FEEDS founder Haokholet conferred CHAI awards
  • Two hurt as political workers clash at Heirok
  • MLA Nemcha distributes sugar for Durga Puja
  • Army assisted drone delivery of vaccine: PRO
  • Applications invited for Pony Farmer Award
  • Training on mushroom cultivation held
  • ICDS employees seek timely salary, promotion
  • Deforestation, quarrying activities worries MSF
  • Labour, health cards distributed
  • SKY Hospital ranks in Top-14
  • Council unsatisfied with combo awards
  • Ban on single use plastic from Sep 2022: Radhakishore
  • NRDF conducts familiarisation exercise
  • Two nabbed with 380 litres of DIC liquor
  • Beginning of Life in the UK #5
  • Violence in Manipur 2023 :: News Timeline
  • Joseph's Son : Premiere at Shanghai Film Fest
  • Memorandum to Union Home Minister
  • India's Act East Policy and its Influence on NE
  • Amit Shah plans to bring violence to an end
  • Women in civil services (Administrative)
  • High expectation, minimal crisis measures
  • A Voice From Khurkhul
  • Has appeasement towards Kuki backfired ?
  • Roaring through the Frontier
  • 3rd June is World Bicycle Day
  • Witnessing the resurgence
  • Setting the narratives right
  • Pinning hope on judicial probe to end crisis
  • Human-chain @ Keishampat #1 : Gallery
  • Wanted : The Idea of Manipur
  • Post of DGP Manipur
  • Fallout a legacy of colonial British rule #2
  • Workshop: Integration of Communication
  • Union Home Minister's visit is a step too late
  • Manipur in flames since one month
  • Random use of firearms debunks communal
  • Amit Shah visit to Manipur [31 May] : Gallery
  • Fallout a legacy of colonial British rule #1
  • Day 3 report of Amit Shah's visit
  • 8000 surrender since 2014; Manipur burning
  • Breast Cancer! What all you need to know
  • No magic formula spelt out
  • Armed attacks corroborate irrelevance of ST
  • Singju Fest @Heingang #2 : Gallery
  • June Calendar for Year 2023 : Tools
  • Memorandum to Union Home Minister
  • Condemned Vandal, Media Misinformation
  • The voice of India's traditional handlooms
  • Amit Shah in town
  • Task cut out for Centre to prevent battle
  • A family of painters & their works
  • Peace first - Solution next
  • Concern over ongoing ethnic violence
  • Condemnation of Act by Armed Militants
  • Nation building through Jan Bhagidari
  • Playing the victim card
  • Internet ban serving no real purpose
  • Relief camp @ Khundrakpam #2 : Gallery
  • How Nehru accepted ... a religious head
  • Observation of present unrest in Manipur #2
  • When rage hijacks sanity
  • Why internationationalisation of education
  • A case of Nero fiddled while Rome burnt ?
  • Beginning of Life in the UK #4
  • The Good Old Days :: Poem
  • Status of Mithun farming in NE
  • Beauty essentials for your holiday
  • Chaudhary Charan: The Voice of Rural India
  • Manipur crisis on centre's menu, at last
  • Curfew : Night time in Imphal : Gallery
  • Manipur turmoil - Dynamics and misgivings
  • Debate on Art 371-C, new facet to violence
  • Sausage as a value added product
  • Gender & anti-corruption : G-20 Agenda
  • Waiting for the Union Home Minister
  • Insecurity among MLAs as violence continues
  • Advanced INA Headquarters, Moirang #2
  • Mt. Khangchendzonga and me
  • Awakening call to our leaders :: Poem
  • The unseen costs of Internet shutdown
  • An open letter to PM Narendra Modi
  • Best choice of career options after 12th Arts
  • Time to think for the children
  • Gunmen loose in foothill, military in city
  • Sit-in-Protest [21 May] : Gallery
  • Manipur situation mentioned at UN
  • Observation of present unrest in Manipur #1
  • Man, woman, sex, sexuality and the truth
  • Japanese koi fish: Farming in Manipur
  • Khurakki Eena Lai Saba
  • Time to tilt the balance
  • The Story of Leishemba : Fungga Wari #2
  • Press Meet at Dispur Press Club, Guwahati
  • Condemns assault on media by armed forces
  • What/who is tearing Manipur apart ?
  • The fast & ugly spread on social media
  • Separate admin call: Acceptable to the Nagas?
  • Task for men in uniform to restore peace
  • HSE 2023 Toppers :: Science
  • HSE 2023 Toppers :: Arts
  • HSE 2023 Toppers :: Commerce
  • Why should Meitei be included in ST list?
  • Books are our Best Friends
  • Forced peace not viable line
  • Expansionism agenda at play
  • Sit-in-Protest @ Ima Keithel : Gallery
  • International Tea Day : Jimli
  • CSO meet at Manipuri Basti, Guwahati
  • History - A New Perspective :: Poem
  • Posers to New Delhi and Imphal
  • Beginning of Life in the UK #3
  • Silent murmurs longing for answers
  • Perturbed about the future of Manipur
  • Take immediate action to bring normalcy
  • Can Myanmar-B'desh cooperate in disaster
  • Reopen national highways before it's too late
  • Tree's greatest strength lie in its roots
  • Press Conference at Press Club of India
  • Solidarity meet in support of women wrestlers
  • Management of Fall Armyworm
  • Benefit & drawback of Taka-Rupee exchange
  • Time to set right the narrative
  • Sit-in-Protest in Imphal : Gallery
  • Writer of 'CCpur da khundariba Meetei sing'
  • Landing in Sikkim, 1983
  • Request for lifting ban on Internet
  • Farm income through efficient farm mgmt #2
  • Condemns rape of a minor girl in Assam
  • SoO pact under scanner
  • Price of cooked up stories & hatred
  • Angamba & Samuel: Friendship beyond riot
  • Supreme Court ruling on Manipur High Court
  • Bijou Thangjam in Kannada film: Chilli Chicken
  • Do you want a "New Nagaland" ?
  • Our nurses, our future
  • Attempt to seize ancestral Meetei land
  • Significant stand of TNL
  • Relief camp @ Khundrakpam #1 : Gallery
  • Featured Front Page Photo 2023 #2: Gallery
  • Instigating violence for narrow political gain
  • Agri-Tourism: Approach to rural development
  • Manipur on the boil since May 3
  • Time for introspection on communal riot
  • Ground assessment to expose riot plotters
  • Relief camp @ Moirang #2 : Gallery
  • Appeal to people who are blocking highway
  • Plantation drive of medicinal plants
  • People spirit to help each other shone bright
  • Useful tips for healthy teeth & a happy smile
  • Suspension of internet
  • Violence subsides, tension persists
  • The Story of Leishemba : Fungga Wari #1
  • Mother's Day calls for Peace
  • Farm income through efficient farm mgmt #1
  • Nari Shakti : Empowering the Nation
  • From streets to political corridor
  • Onus on SF to justify normalcy claims
  • Beginning of Life in the UK #2
  • Impact of Internet Ban on Students
  • An open letter to citizens of Manipur
  • Help Rebuild Manipur
  • Nutrition garden for food security
  • Condemns lack of efforts by state govt
  • Curtain Story
  • Shirui Lily Fest 2022 #2 : Gallery
  • The only way forward is peaceful coexistence
  • Advancing Indo-Naga peace process
  • The courage to be 'yourself'
  • Mass culturing technique of nematode
  • 3 decades of Panchayati Raj Institutions
  • Blacking out stand of 10 MLAs
  • Need to present a strong case
  • Bye to cashless transactions for now
  • Accelerate probe into communal clash
  • Mithingai Amagi Meeshi @ Drama : Gallery
  • Fight to end corporate capture of healthcare
  • Mother to all :: Poem
  • International Nurses Day - 12 May
  • NPF condemns same sex Marriage: Azo
  • Commercialized artificial insemination in pig
  • Not all in designated camps
  • Relief camp @ Moirang #1 : Gallery
  • Mass gathering for peace & harmony at Pune
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind :: Rvw
  • 'Demographic threat' to indigenous inhabitant
  • Galvanising Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
  • Uneasy calm as state limps back to normalcy
  • Probe inevitable to expose mayhem instigator
  • Time to focus on rehabilitation
  • Spare women and children, medical
  • Kangkum Village in Kamjong : Gallery
  • Appeal to all the people of Manipur
  • Genesis of Manipur crisis
  • Of people and communities
  • Scholarship for civil service aspirants
  • Understanding IES/ISS Examinations
  • Catalyst & solutions to ethnic clashes
  • Appeal to restore normalcy in Manipur
  • We need groundwater in Manipur
  • Just a little courage for the word 'No'
  • Working journalist movement
  • To SC against HC directive
  • 'Peace Appeal' by Women of Northeast
  • Celebrities urge national media not to publish...
  • To our Brothers and Sisters in Manipur
  • Calling for peace and relief
  • Importance of post harvest technology
  • Watermelon a Summer fruit
  • From May 3, 1993 to the present
  • COVID-19 : Impact in Manipur :: News Timeline
  • Beginning of Life in the UK #1
  • Ishanou : Film recognised as World Classic
  • Meghalaya government launches helpline
  • Manipur & NE - PM's favourite on MKB
  • Comfort Zone and Days of Yore :: Poem
  • Singiri Kona, the solitude Narasimha Temple
  • Advanced INA Headquarters, Moirang #1
  • Candle light vigil at Delhi
  • Restore calm & prevent further escalation
  • Appeal to give up violence
  • Refrain from violence
  • How to go for quick revision for JEE Advanced
  • It is not Tribals Vs Meiteis
  • MANITEX @ Nilakuthi #5 : Gallery
  • Designers : Interact with creative leaders
  • An appeal for peace
  • Call for cessation of violence
  • Appeals for communal harmony, peace
  • Mopping approach is not enough to end TB
  • An Ode to my House :: Poem
  • Suspending social media services
  • Three Mothers Art Gallery : Wood Art
  • Public Curfew Orders in Manipur
  • Use of drugs & precaution in Veterinary
  • COVID-19 Status 03 May : Govt of Manipur
  • Legal Aid Defense Counsel System Thoubal
  • Colposcopy, LEEP Services launched
  • Careers in improving public health
  • 30th Anniversary of Pangal's Black Day
  • Tension simmers as ST demand, eviction...
  • Opposition to ST demand for Meiteis
  • Lui-ngai-ni@ Chandel #2 : Gallery
  • The phenomenon that is Radhakumar
  • COVID-19 Status 02 May : Govt of Manipur
  • Jobs @ CNBT worklinksystem, Imphal
  • Press Freedom Day: Journalism independence
  • Legal Aid Defense Counsel System Bishnupur
  • Value addition to fish in the context of NE #3
  • PM Modi's Mann Ki Baat reaping fruit
  • Politics along community line
  • Gakripu : A Naga Folk Tale
  • COVID-19 Status 01 May : Govt of Manipur
  • MKF at C20 Conclave in Sikkim
  • Workshop : Youth20 Engagement group
  • Lament over peace process stretching 25 yrs
  • Wind of Change
  • Khongjom Day @ Khebaching : Gallery
  • 100th Episode of 'Maan Ki Baat' : Gallery
  • COVID-19 Status 30 April : Govt of Manipur
  • ADB financing in Manipur & accountability
  • 'Mann Ki Baat' screening at Raj Bhavan
  • Embracing Chaos in Jewelled Land :: Poem
  • Same sex marriage & popu control
  • Education commissioner take on Govt teacher
  • Wetland conservation needs holistic approach
  • My Memories of Imphal #20 : Download
  • Ranjeet Chingtham : Martial art performer
  • Id-ul-Fitr @ Imphal #2 : Gallery
  • Thabal Competition #3 : Gallery
  • Lembi Leima :: Movie Review
  • N Tombi's contribution to Anganghal #4
  • Research Officer @ Amethyst
  • Ningtam Lan Ningshing Numit : Gallery
  • Shajibu Cheiraoba @ Pune : Gallery
  • Mangka tour of Switzerland & France : Gallery
  • Sajibu Cheiraoba Chak Katpa #2 : Gallery
  • Houses @ Thalon, Tamenglong #2 : Gallery
  • English Pronouncing Skills : Book Download
  • Downloadable Manipuri Calendar for 2023