Jaipur: The Rajasthan government, in an effort to boost the immunity of the people in the state, will distribute more than 30 crore medicinal plants to around 1.26 crore families in 5 years under its scheme named ‘Ghar Ghar Aushodhi’.
The scheme is an effort to boost the immunity of the people as prevention and good immunity is considered to be the only way to keep diseases like Covid-19 away.
Every family will get 24 medicinal plants like Basil, Giloy, Ashwagandha and Kalmegh for free in these years. The government will spend Rs 210 crore on the scheme.
The kadhas made from medicinal herbs was widely propagated and used to boost immunity during Covid. The government also promoted the use of Kadha. Taking this move into account, the Rajasthan government has linked this year’s plantation drive with medicinal plants and made a scheme of five years so that every household can have its plants of immunity booster herbs.
"The climate change, pollution and changing lifestyle are affecting everyone and people are falling prey to various diseases because of these. The scheme aims to better the health of the citizens of the state by making herbs available to every household," stated the order issued for the scheme.
The plants selected for the scheme are considered to be good immunity boosters in Ayurveda and also suited to the climate of the Rajasthan.
The department of the forest will grow the plants in its nurseries during the rainy season every year and distributed them in July and October.
Although, there are some reservations about the scheme also, the government plans to educate the people about the use of these herbs. ‘Distribution of plants is good, but it is equally important to educate the people about the use of these herbs as all of them have certain qualities and protocol of use which needs to be followed. So it will be important to see how the government will make people educate,’ said Dr Roopraj Bhardwaj an Ayurveda practitioner posted at the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.