Chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday said that his government was promoting the herbal wealth to make Himachal Pradesh a herbal state of the country.
He was speaking at a state-level felicitation function organised by the Ayurveda Medical Officers Association Tibetan Children Village (TCV) auditorium at Mcleodganj.
Virbhadra said that Ayurveda was an indigenous Indian medicine system being practiced since time immemorial and in the present era too it has strong presence in the modern medical science.
“Ayurvedic system of medicine has been well-integrated into the national health care system, paving the way for health rejuvenation and longevity,” said the chief minister adding that the Himachal Pradesh government has laid special emphasis to strengthen Ayurvedic system of medicine and `203 crore are being spent for the Ayurveda department during this fiscal.
He said that Himachal was a treasure house of herbal, aromatic and medicinal plants and the state was promoting the herbal wealth to provide a sustainable supply of raw material to the pharmaceutical industry.
“For procurement of the essential medicinal herbs, the central government has sanctioned a sum of `202 lakh and around `22 lakh for upgrading the Ayurveda institutions in the state,” said Virbhadra.
Besides, `35 lakh have been sanctioned for 'Arogya festivals' in the state.
The chief minister also released a souvenir and a calendar on the occasion and assured to consider and fulfill all the demands of the association.
President of the association, Dr Dinesh Kumar, gave details about the steps being taken to promote the Ayurveda system of medicines.
Earlier, the chief minister inaugurated a women's police station at Dharamsala. He said that such police stations would provide easy access to the women in registering complaints. Later, he also inaugurated a bridge over Manjhi rivulet at Chetru constructed at a cost of `1.12 crore.
Transport Minister, GS Bali and urban development minister Sudhir Sharma also accompanied the chief minister.