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Sickle Cell Institute Chhattisgarh (SCIC), Raipur .

• Chhattisgarh which came into existence on Nov. 1st, 2000 as the 26th State of the Union fulfills hope and aspiration of the tribal people for which the constitution entrusts the State to promote with special care their educational and economic interest. The State spans on an area of 1,36,034 sq. km. with a population of about 25.54 million and a population density of 189 per sq. km. The literacy rate is 70.28% (Male - 80.27%, Female - 60.24%) with an urban population of 23.24%).

• Slightly less than half of the geographical area of Chhattisgarh is covered by forest, which is an extremely valuable asset. Nearly One third of the forests comprise Sal, which provide livelihood to large number of people. The State is the first to formulate a forest policy. It is the first to introduce the novel experiment of public-private partnership in forest management, in which the Government, local community and the industry join hands to utilize degraded forest land, meet raw material needs and provide income to people. It is the first to setup the concept of people's protected areas- a people friendly model for conservation that ensures sustainable supply of quality raw material from medicinal, aromatic and dye plants.

• The State along with being one of the largest in India is also one of the most privileged in terms of mineral resources and biospheres. Chhattisgarh is considered as the greenest State of India. About 45% of its total geographical area, which account for 6,247 thousand hectares is covered with forests which are of 22 types with 88 species of medicinal, aromatic and dye plants found in abundance, the State is a major source of alternative medicines. The State proudly harbors large varieties in the genetic composition within species as well. It is extremely rich in indigenous varieties of paddy, silk worms & herbs. Tendu leaves, Chironji, Harrar, Bahera, Mahu flours and Sal seeds are some of the forest produce, yielding annual revenue of nearly Rs. 217 crores.

• Chhattisgarh is called the 'Rice Bowl' of the region. Most parts of the State are still in a mono-crop belt and only one fifth of the sown area is double cropped. It is an area that needs attention since a substantial portion of the population is dependent on agriculture. There is enormous scope for growing cash crops. The area under cultivation is 48,00,000 hectares and 75% of the cultivable area in the State can be brought under cultivation.

• The State's roads have seen a dramatic improvement over the last few years. From three national highways in 1998, the State has eleven national highways in 2004, and it is not a mean achievement. Bilaspur is the headquarter of the new South Eastern Central Railways zone. Railways forms an important aspect of the State's transportation network as it serves to transport large quantities of coal, iron ore and other minerals within and outside the State. Raipur is linked by air with daily flights to New Delhi and Mumbai. The State currently has one airport at Raipur with night landing facility and additional airstrips at Bhilai, Bilaspur, Korba, Raigarh, Jadgalpur, Ambikapur, Jashpur and Sarangarh.

• The State is endowed with human resource as well. Several hundred students from the state qualify for admissions in prestigious national institutions every year. The people are friendly, open, warm, industrious, and well known for their sincerity and hard work. They are eager to make a name themselves in basic as well as knowledge based industries. The state has an enviable record of social harmony, public order and cordial industrial relations. Expansion of small scale and village industries based on agricultural, forest and mineral resources is being considered to add value to the produce and to generate employment. The State has also laid stress on vocational and employment oriented education.

• Having mentioned some of the enablers that the state has enjoyed, it is to reiterate the significant role that biotechnology is playing and will play in harnessing natural resources in an eco-friendly manner, to ensure us the global competence in a world rapidly progressing toward technological sophistication.