Bengal to focus on ayurveda

July 12th, 2011 - 10:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee Kolkata, July 12 (IANS) The West Bengal government is planning to revive ayurveda both for medical treatment and development of rural areas of the state, lawmakers said Tuesday.

“(Chief Minister) Mamata Banerjee has asked us to chalk out plans for the revival of ayurveda. She has asked us to explore ayurveda for its education, treatment, uses and economic purpose,” Shashi Panja, member of the state assembly’s standing committee on health, told IANS.

Legislator Nirmal Majhi, another member of the committee, said: “The chief minister has asked us to look into different aspects of ayurveda. She has asked us to look into the prospects of constructing an ayurvedic medical college and hospital in Howrah district.”

“We will start work very soon. She has plans of developing the socio-economic conditions of rural Bengal by the cultivation of herbal plants and manufacture of medicines,” he said.

Majhi, also the chairman of West Bengal Medicinal Plants Board, said that the state government plans to set up factories, ayurvedic colleges and hospitals using herbal plants in next five years.

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