A unique scheme of its kind will be implemented in the country with a view to protect the health of the citizens of Rajasthan and to conserve and promote medicinal plants in the state. Famous for diversity and quality. To promote this, ‘Ghar-Ghar Aushadhi Yojana’ will be started. Under which plants of medicinal plants will be developed and plants like Tulsi, Giloy, Ashwagandha etc. will be made available from the nursery. ” Taking this forward, the cabinet has implemented a statewide implementation of the door-to-door drug scheme.
There is a wide variety of medicinal species available in the greenery areas outside the forests and forests of Rajasthan, which have been used since ancient times for health protection and medicine in accordance with Ayurveda and local traditional knowledge. In the present circumstances, due to factors like climate change, pollution and lifestyle changes, the local people continue to suffer from many types of diseases. The main objective of this scheme is to improve the health of the residents of Rajasthan state by helping to grow Ayurveda and medicines available in local traditional knowledge and forests near people’s homes, farms and private lands. This scheme will also protect the medicinal plants and medicinal plants found in Rajasthan.
The door-to-door drug scheme encompasses several objectives at the same time. Multi-purpose medicinal plants will be made available in the forest department’s nurseries for the protection of the families wishing to grow medicinal plants. The public consciousness will expand by broadening public awareness about the preservation and hygiene of the people and the utility of multi-use medicinal plants for medicine. In collaboration with the Department of Ayurveda and Indian Medicine for the primary use and conservation-promotion of medicinal plants. Evidence-based information will be available. With the cooperation of district administration and forest department, public representatives, panchayati raj institutions, various state departments and institutions, schools, and industrial houses etc., it will be implemented as a public campaign.
Under the scheme, many useful medicinal plants for health protection in the state will be prepared and made available in 565 nurseries of Tulsi, Giloy, Kalmegh and Ashwagandha Forest Departments. In addition to this, information will be made available to increase the public health about the usefulness of multi-use medicinal plants for the protection of human health and hygiene, and for the primary use and conservation of medicinal plants. A large publicity will also be done under this scheme in collaboration with various departments. All media including social media will be used for publicity. Seminars and workshops will be organized at the state, district, and block levels. Cooperation of Ayurveda and Indian Medical Department will be obtained in the campaign.
The door-to-door drug scheme will be implemented as a public campaign with the cooperation of honorable public representatives, panchayati raj institutions, various state departments and institutions, schools, and industrial houses etc. under the leadership of forest department and district administration. The scheme will be implemented for 5 years. Based on the success of the scheme in the first year, it will be considered to extend the scheme to all households / families in the coming years. All the people of the state will get the opportunity to benefit.
This year, the theme of Van Mahotsav will be “Ghar-Ghar Aushadhi Yojana” across the state. The Forest Festival will be celebrated in the month of July in all the forest ranges, tehsils, gram panchayats and urban bodies under all the districts and forest divisions of the state. A campaign will be launched by the district administration for distribution of plants from the month of July. In “Ghar-Ghar Aushadhi Yojana” Forest Department, Ayurveda and Indian Medicine Department, Environment Department, Agriculture Department, Autonomous Government, Urban Development and Housing Department, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department, Animal Husbandry Department, Women and Child Development Department, Tribal Regional Department of Development, Department of Industry, Department of Education (Primary and Secondary Education), Department of Higher Education, Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Department of Minority Affairs, Department of Technical Education, Department of Cultural Education, Department of Information and Public Relations, Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, National Ayurveda Institute (Honorary University) Jaipur, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Ayurved University, various schools including Jodhpur, Agricultural Research Center etc. will ensure their contribution.
The nodal department of the scheme will be the forest department. A district-level task force will be set up to implement the scheme under the chairmanship of the district collector in the district. At the state level, a State Level Monitoring Committee will be set up under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Rajasthan. Monitoring and evaluation will be done at the state level by the forest department and at the district level by the district level task force. Appropriate monitoring and evaluation system will be established by the Forest Department. The state level committee headed by Chief Secretary, Rajasthan will conduct a review every three months.
A question arises as to how the plants can be directly used by the families. Actually, information will be made available through publicity in collaboration with the Department of Ayurveda and Indian Medicine. In many viral and other diseases, including Kovid-19, people can get counseling by tele-consultation with their physicians and according to the consultation in telemedicine, they can get health benefits from the plants available in the house. Along with this, since these four medicinal plants are also part of the ethno-medicinal means of grandmothers based on local traditional knowledge, people can also use them based on the knowledge that has been going on for generations.
There is a question that how will these plants be protected by planting some plants in the garden or in pots in the flat? The first thing is that today we are living in the era when we have to conserve biodiversity where we live and work. Biodiversity conservation is compulsory in the entire landscape from home to forest. First of all we have to preserve the plants in our homes. A little out of it will have to be preserved in the gardens of the village and locality. Beyond that, conservation will have to be done in the fields and barns. And finally, conservation has to be done in forests and natural areas. Preservation in forests alone does not conserve biodiversity. Secondly, about 70 to 80 percent of medicinal plants used in Ayurveda are still derived from forests. If we grow these medicinal plants for our own use in every house, then it is natural that we will have to reduce their exploitation from forests. Those who understand biodiversity conservation only in the sense of conservation in forests, they should update their knowledge in light of all these facts. Let us see an example. The World Health Organization believes that about 80 percent of the world’s population is still dependent on medicinal plants in some form or the other. In such a situation, if the medicinal plants are available in the houses, then it is natural that the need for exploitation from the forests will be reduced. Therefore, the conservation related importance of growing these plants in the house is not limited to the houses but it has an impact on the entire landscape and all the ecological systems. In ancient times, people lived around forests and used to get saplings from there. As the civilization progressed, people now grow and use plants in their homes, villages, fields and khaliyan. This is a very natural and auspicious condition. As in the past, where we live and work, we have to conserve biodiversity, and there must be a diversity that is working-biodiversity. Working biodiversity refers to species that have an important role in human life in the form of medicines and food.
A question also arises as to what will happen if only plants are distributed. In fact, the door-to-door medicine scheme is not only a plan to distribute the plants, but also a plan to share the ideas related to health and conservation that make the contribution of medicinal plants to the forehead of the public. If we see an example, for the treatment of Kovid-19, no confirmed medicine has been found in any medical method so far. However, medicines are being repurposed in various medical practices and it is natural that research and experience based repurposing is also being done in Ayurveda. It is clear from about 4000 papers that Tulsi, Kalmegh, Ashwagandha and Giloy prevent some degree of infection on the one hand and are definitely helpful in preventing pathogenesis on the other hand if infected. Experimentation does not allow the severity of the disease to increase so much that a person begins to suffer life.
In summary, the message is that the door-to-door drug scheme is a big step in the direction of human health and conservation of biodiversity. It is expected that every citizen will get contribution in making it successful. Grow plants like Guduchi, Kalmegh Ashwagandha and Tulsi first in their foreheads and will grow in the soil.
Dr. Deep Narayan Pandey
(Senior Officer in Indian Forest Service)
(These are the personal views of the author and are inspired by the ‘Principle of Universal Welfare’.)
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