Under National AYUSH Mission (NAM) scheme, Ministry of AYUSH has supported cultivation of medicinal plants in states of Bihar, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal through which the river Ganga flows, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik said in Rajya Sabha Tuesday.
For promoting cultivation of medicinal plants, the ministry is implementing ‘medicinal plants’ component under National AYUSH Mission’ since 2015-16 throughout the country. As per the operational NAM scheme guidelines, the cultivation of medicinal plants is supported in various states based on the State Annual Action Plan (SAAP) submitted by concerned states and approved by the NAM Directorate of the ministry, Naik further said.
Apart from this, the ministry under ‘Conservation, Development and Sustainable Management of Medicinal Plants’ scheme has also supported a project titled “Dissemination of Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides) agrotechnology in flood-prone contaminated area of Ganga river of Uttar Pradesh’ to Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow. Under the project, Vetiver plantation has been done in catchment area of river Ganga in different locations of Kanpur and Varanasi districts, the minister added.
In addition, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), Ministry of Jal Shakti has also supported a project ‘Promotion of cultivation of medicinal plants on Ganga basin in Uttar Pradesh’ of Uttar Pradesh forest department covering 10 districts such as Prayag Raj, Pratapgarh, Fatehpur, Kaushambi, Varanasi, Ghazipur, Mirzapur, Bhadohi, Chandauli and Ballia, the AYUSH minister further informed the House.
However, the government has no such proposal to develop a five km. long green belt on the banks of river Ganga through cultivation of medicinal plants.