Regional Raw Drug Repository of National Medicinal Plants Board Inaugurated at AIIA

The Minister of State (I/C) for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, inaugurated the Regional Raw Drug Repository (RRDR) on October 23, 2020 at the All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi.  through a virtual function.


  • The RRDR is the second repository in the series of repositories that has been proposed by National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), Ministry of AYUSH.
  • The repository would be dedicated to the Trans-Ganga Plain Region covering four states – Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Punjab. This is because, this region has huge potential for medicinal raw materials.

What is the need of repository?

The demand for the natural healing and herbal products has increased across the world. The demand has been further enhanced amid the COVID situation. Many herbs like Asvagandha, Giloi, Mulethi, Tulsi, Kalmegh etc have become people’s priority. Thus, to ensure supply of quality raw material to the AYUSH industry as well as consumers amid the increasing demand, establishment of the Raw Drug Repositories becomes essential.

Current scenario

NMPB is involved in the process of developing policies for the speedy development and sustainable availability of authentic raw material of medicinal plants for the AYUSH industries. In this direction, 8 RRDR and 1 NRDR have been proposed by Ministry of AYUSH. Out of these, 3 RRDR are ready.