Rajasthan Govt Dreams Big, to distribute more than 30 crores of herbal medicines

Rajasthan Forest Department Nurseries are developing hundreds and thousands of medicinal plant seedlings which will soon be offered to residents of the state as part of the state government’s Ghar Ghar Aushadhi Yojana.

The mega program plans to reach the 1, 26, 50,000 families residing in the state (according to the 2011 census), offering them the opportunity to bring home saplings of the four selected medicinal herbs, namely Tulsi, Aswagandha, Gilloy and Kalmegh.

Over the five-year duration of the program, each family will be entitled to receive 24 saplings, starting with eight saplings in the first year, which totals over 30 crores of saplings.

A budget announcement by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, the massive plant donation campaign aims to strengthen the beneficial relationship between plants and people.

These plants are native to Rajasthan and are traditionally used as health supplements and in herbal medicines. As part of the campaign, plant seedlings will receive information on their care and proper use.

“Rajasthan is rich in biodiversity and home to several medicinal plants. The state government’s Ghar Ghar Aushadhi Yojana will help in the conservation of this natural wealth and help people understand the importance of the herbs and plants around them for health,” said Sreya Guha, Principal Secretary of the Department of forests and the environment of Rajasthan.

Several state government departments help make this program a success. Although the Forestry Department is the nodal department of the programme, district level working groups have been formed in all districts under the leadership of their respective district collectors to ensure smooth implementation at the field level. The program will be overseen by a state-level committee headed by the Chief Secretary of State.

A fund of Rs 210 crore has been sanctioned by the state government for the five-year scheme, of which Rs 31.4 crore will be spent in the first year on distributing over 5 crore of saplings to half of the households in the ‘State. The following year, an equal number of saplings will be distributed among the remaining families. Each family will receive eight saplings at a time, two of each of the four grasses. In five years, each family will receive a total of 24 saplings. The distribution process should start from the monsoon season.

Probably India’s largest herbal medicine promotion program, the Ghar Ghar Aushadhi Yojana Government of Rajasthan comes at a time when humanity is in the grip of a pandemic.

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Alvin J. Chase