New Delhi: In an effort to promote folk medicine traditions of the Northeastern region, an institute would be set up in Arunachal Pradesh by the Centre at the cost of Rs32.88 crore.
The autonomous North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine would come up at Pasighat under the Department of AYUSH.
A proposal to this effect was approved by the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The decision came within few weeks of his visit to the border state.
The decision would facilitate systematic and comprehensive documentation, presentation and validation of the folk medicine traditions of the region, an official spokesperson said.
The Cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval for a bilateral agreement with Russia on cooperation in combating illicit trafficking of narcotic and psychotropic substances.
The agreement, signed in November last year, would help in mutual cooperation in the regulation of these drugs for medical and scientific use and in combating drug trafficking.
Similar agreements already exist with several countries including USA, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China and Israel.