De­mand for medic­i­nal plants shoots up

So­han­jana eco club dis­trib­utes 6,926 free saplings of medic­i­nal plants

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Eileen Singh CHANDI­GARH: The ef­forts of Chandi­garh medic­i­nal plants board and for­est depart­ment to spread aware­ness about medic­i­nal plants through sem­i­nars and train­ing pro­grammes is fi­nally bear­ing fruit as the de­mand for saplings of these valu­able plants has shot up as com­pared to the past.

So­han­jana eco club of Gov­ern­ment Model Se­nior Sec­ondary School, Sec­tor 46, has been dis­tribut­ing free saplings for the last five years. Be­gin­ning with 25 plants in 2008, the club has dis­trib­uted a record 6,926 saplings in nine months of 2012. The club ex­pects to dou­ble this fig­ure for 2013.

It is per­ti­nent to men­tion here that the medic­i­nal plants board, and for­est and ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ments have come

This ini­tia­tive needs to be car­ried on. The board dis­trib­uted 35,000 saplings in 2011. We also en­sure whether plants are be­ing prop­erly nur­tured SAN­TOSH KU­MAR con­ser­va­tor, forests

to­gether to spread aware­ness and pro­vide the tech­ni­cal knowhow among young­sters, be­sides undertaking free dis­tri­bu­tion of saplings among schools, col­leges, NGOs and in­di­vid­u­als.

Eco club pa­tron Om Parkash, who is also co­or­di­na­tor-cu­mover­all in­charge of 126 eco-clubs, said, “These saplings are dis­trib­uted free of cost to pop­u­larise medic­i­nal plants. There has been a steady hike in num­ber of dis­trib­uted saplings due to in­creased aware­ness among the peo­ple about the ben­e­fits

These saplings are dis­trib­uted free to pop­u­larise medic­i­nal plants. There has been a steady hike in de­mand due to in­creased aware­ness OM PARKASH pa­tron, eco club

of var­i­ous plants.”

Baljin­der Kaur, in­charge of GMSSS-46, said, “The students also ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in tend­ing to these plants and also keep a track of dis­trib­uted saplings.”

Saplings of medic­i­nal plants are ready for dis­tri­bu­tion from March to April and July to Oc­to­ber, in­clud­ing those of brahmi, shataveri, pi­pli, mandu­parni, ararkara, kala vasa, aloe vera, kam­megh, sachar, touchme-not, niz­boo, mehndi, ja­t­ropha, ste­via, ja­mun, she­htoot, so­han­jana, sal parni, ajwain khurasani, pathar chatt, nir­gundi, sada ba­har pink, sada ba­har white, pep­per­mint, le­mon grass and bhringraj.

“This is an ini­tia­tive that needs to be car­ried on for years to come. The board alone dis­trib­uted 35,000 saplings in 2011 among in­di­vid­u­als and states. We also carry out a reg­u­lar fol­low-up to see whether plants are be­ing prop­erly nur­tured,” said con­ser­va­tor of forests San­tosh Ku­mar, who is also chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Chandi­garh medic­i­nal plants board.

The saplings are not only dis­trib­uted in the city but also in schools and col­leges in neigh­bour­ing states of Haryana and Pun­jab. In­di­vid­u­als reg­u­larly visit the eco club and col­lect saplings.

“I reg­u­larly get var­i­ous plants like ste­via that re­duce blood su­gar and also aloe vera apart from mehndi,” said Preeti Sinha of Sec­tor 40.

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