PM Modi to lay foundation stone of WHO GCTM

New Delhi, April 19 : In a ground breaking ceremony on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to lay the foundation stone of WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) in Jamnagar at around 3:30 pm. Mauritius PM Pravind Kumar Jugnauth and WHO Director General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus will also be with him. The WHO GCTM, established under the ministry of Ayush, will be the first and the only global outpost centre for traditional medicine across the world. It will emerge as an international hub of global wellness, the PMO said. The primary objective of Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (GCTM) is to harness the potential of traditional medicine from across the world through modern science and technology and improve overall health of the comm ties’ the world over. The GCTM is aimed at maximizing the potential of traditional medicines through modern science and technology. Around 80% of the world’s population is estimated to use traditional medicine. Some 40% of approved pharmaceutical products in use today derive from natural substances. Prior to the WHO Global Centre event, the Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation a new dairy complex and potato processing plant at Diyodar, Banaskantha district at around 9:40 AM. The complex is built at a cost of over Rs 600 crores. The new dairy complex is a greenfield project. It will enable the processing of about 30 lakh litres of milk, produce about 80 tonnes of butter, one lakh litres of ice cream, 20 tonnes of condensed milk (Khoya) and 6 tonnes of chocolate daily, the PMO said. “The potato processing plant will produce different types of processed potato products like french fries, potato chips, aloo tikki, patties etc, many of which will be exported in other countries. These plants will empower the local farmers and give a boost to the rural economy in the region,” the PMO said. Prime Minister will also dedicate the Banas Comm ty Radio Station to the nation. This Comm ty Radio Station has been established to provide farmers key scientific information related to agriculture and animal husbandry. It is expected that the radio station will connect with over 5 lakh farmers of about 1700 villages, the PMO said. Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation the expanded facilities for the production of cheese products and whey powder at the Banas dairy plant in Palanpur. Besides, he will dedicate to the nation, Organic Manure and Biogas plant established at Dama, Gujarat. Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of four gobar gas plants of 100 tonnes capacity to be established at Khimana, Ratanpura – Bhildi, Radhanpur and Thawar. On the last day of Prime Minister’s visit, he will inaugurate the Global Ayush Investment and Innovation Summit at Mahatma Mandir on Wednesday. Prime Minister of Mauritius and DG, WHO will also be present on the occasion. The three-day summit will witness 5 Plenary sessions, 8 roundtables, 6 workshops, and 2 symposiums, with the presence of around 90 eminent speakers and 100 exhibitors. He will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development projects worth around Rs 22,000 crore at Adijati Maha Sammelan in Dahod. ASU GNK

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