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Arogya Fair begins in Imphal
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Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik inspecting a stall during the Arogya Fair in Imphal on Thursday.
 IMPHAL, Dec 6 - A four-day Arogya Fair was inaugurated here today in a bid to revitalise the traditional system of medicines, market promotion and processing of medicinal and aromatic plants, income generation and scientific approaches.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Union Minister of State for AYUSH (independent charge) Shripad Yesso Naik, along with State Health Minister L Jayentakumar, attended the inaugural function.

The Chief Minister said that of the total 10,000 identified medicinal and aromatic plants found in different parts of the world, Manipur has around 500 varieties.

Informing that he had discussed with the visiting Union minister the issue of providing alternative livelihood through cultivation of medicinal plants, Biren Singh said he was asked to submit a detailed project report to the ministry for approval.

The Chief Minister also said that a team of Japanese corporate executives called on him on Wednesday and sought nursing manpower to work in different hospitals of that country. On the one hand, he has requested a team of officials from the Tata Group to open a cancer hospital and extend technical support in river dredging works.

In his speech, the Union minister Naik stated that his ministry is ready to extend all possible support for large-scale plantation of medicinal plants. The Centre has approved of providing support to setting up four 50-bed hospitals in the State.

Moreover, a 10-bed yoga and naturopathy hospital was inaugurated at Kwakeithel Konjeng Leikai in Imphal West district on Thursday. The AYUSH Ministry has also approved setting up of a new homeopathic college at Keirao. Health and Family Welfare Minister L Jayantakumar also spoke on the occasion. Revenue Minister K Shyam, Forest Minister Th Shyamkumar, MLAs and health department officials were also present on the occasion.

Around 55 stalls set up by various government departments and agencies, including a firm from Myanmar, are taking part in the ongoing fair.

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