State Times NewsLEH: Lt. Governor R.K Mathur chaired a webinar with the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) on Friday.The webinar was organized to deliberate on the collaboration between the administration of the Union Territory of Ladakh and CSIR for development and improvement in providing better engineering, medical and technological assistance to Ladakh.The meeting was attended by Director General CSIR & Secretary DSIR, Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, Commissioner/ Secretary Ladakh, Rigzin Sampheal, Director IIIM-Jammu Dr. D.S. Reddy, Director IHBT- Palampur, Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Director CMERI- Durgapur, Dr. Harish Hirani, Director NBRI- Lucknow, Dr. S.K Barik, Director NGRI-Hyderabad, Dr. Virendra M. Tiwari, Director CLRI-Chennai, Head of IPU & TMDCSIR- New Delhi, Dr. Vibha Malhotra Sawhney and other officials from the Department of Horticulture and NIRS Ladakh.LG R.K Mathur appreciated DG CSIR for framing a proposal and putting a team together in a short span of time.He stated that with many folds increase in the budget being allocated to Ladakh after becoming a Union Territory, it is imperative to utilise these funds with decisions based on science. Mentioning the vast extent of the geographical area of Ladakh, LG Mathur stressed on framing a suitable land-use plan with focus on commercial cultivation which will turn out beneficial for the people of Ladakh. He suggested planning of pilot projects for Pashmina growth and value addition, testing on local dry toilets with apt bioprocesses, cultivation of fodder using technologies suitable for Ladakh, exploring for aromatic and medicinal plants used in Sowa Rigpa and product development & post-harvest technologies for Sea buckthorn and Sanjeevani (Rhodiola rosea).Through their presentations, the participants of the webinar highlighted the scope of improvement and exploration in various fields including groundwater source finding, geothermal resources, agro & processing technologies, floriculture, earthquake hazard assessment etc. in Ladakh.Assigning the Commissioner/ Secretary Rigzin Sampheal as the nodal of the UT administration for the project, LG Mathur directed him to work out details of the action plan in collaboration with CSIR.
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