IMPHAL, March 31 - As part of the Indo-Bhutan dialogue, a 13-member delegation of Bhutanese government visited the Centre for Orchid Gene Conservation of Eastern Himalayan Region (ORDC) and North East Centre for Ethno Medical Research Centre (EMRC) at Hengbung, about 55km north of here in Manipur�s Senapati district.
On their arrival at the picturesque Hengbung, the delegation, led by Secretary Dasho Pema Chawang of the National Land and Commission Service, Royal Government of Bhutan, was given a warm reception by the Foundation for Environment and Economic Development Service (FEEDS), Hengbung, the host institute of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, ORDC and EMRC.
Retired IAS officer Vijay Chibber, Haokholet Kipgen, president of FEEDS, Scientist Dr HB Singh of Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology and Director Dr Rao of ORDC apart from the FEEDS/KVK staffs and Senapati district administration attended the function on Thursday.
Appreciating the Bhutanese delegate for the visit, Chibber said Bhutan is the only country in the world that have Negative Carbon Footprint (NCF) and the same could be done here in Manipur if we want to. He also lauded the initiative of FEEDS in bringing up such a unique centre which has educational as well as job opportunities for the youths.
FEEDS president Kipgen expressed the need for having a better relationship with Bhutan.
Terming the Hengbung centre a unique centre relevant to not only the Himalayan region and India, but also the world, Bhutan delegation leader Dasho Pema Chawang said, �We have lots to learn from these projects where lots of research in orchid, medical plants, etc., have been done and commendable employment for many educated unemployed youth has been generated.�
Informing that the visit is the outcome of the significant Indo-Bhutan Dialogue Track 2, he said that the Indo-Bhutan Dialogue is not only important in political level but also in other issues where we can have formal discussion, to learn from each other�s experience and exposure.
The Bhutanese delegation is likely to leave for Thimphu via Kolkata on Saturday.