The First ever Ayush Herbal Garden cum Ayush Gram in the entire districts of Garo Hills region was inaugurated by Thomas A Sangma, Adviser to the Chief Minister during the observation of 5th National Ayurveda Day at Asananggre near Tura today.
Emphasizing on the varied biodiversity including medicinal plants and herbs available in the region, Sangma said that the region is blessed in abundance with natural herbs and people should be sensitized to preserve these medicinal plants and herbs in order to promote its use to heal various health related problems in future.
Stating that the herbal garden is not for show, but to tell the people that these herbs are useful which can cure people of various ailments and he urged everyone to plant, preserve not only in these herbal gardens, but in their homes also for the use of our future generation.
Sharing his personal experience, he said that consuming Me’mang Narang (Citrus indica) and other local vegetables daily had helped him to stay fit and healthy and perhaps consuming these fruits and vegetables have helped to boost his immune system. He also encouraged the concerned authority to extend this herbal garden to schools, colleges, and other districts as well for the benefit of the people of the region.
West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Ram Singh said that the entire Garo Hills is a herbal garden which abounds in plenty with medicinal plants and herbs including rare species of plants. He also suggested that Ayush should do special research with help of the central team to find out preventive measures and also to protect these traditional knowledge and medicine in the interest of the people of the area and beyond.
Further, he informed that the State Medicinal Plant Board has special scheme for preserving rare and endangered species of plants for which Rs. 25,000 as one time grant for School Herbal Garden and Rs. 7,000 per annum for their maintenance and urged that every school should avail this opportunity.