BANGALORE: Governor H R Bhardwaj emphasised the need for policy initiatives to promote export of pharmaceutical products and incentives to companies to focus on research and development (R&D).
He was speaking at the inauguration of 7th Nutra India Summit on Thursday.
Referring to rampant malnutrition in Africa, he said, “Policy wise, there is a need for promotion of pharma exports, and hence give incentives to industries to focus on R&D. Neither the government nor the private companies are doing enough for research on medicinal herbs.” Inaugurating the three-day nutraceutical, functional foods, dietary supplements and ingredients show, Bhardwaj expressed his dissent towards the condition of healthcare in rural areas. “I will not hesitate to say that there are two sides to India. Rural healthcare is pathetic. Basics of healthcare for women is very bad,” he said, vouching for an integrated medical system that does not ignore the poor.