India’s ancient Herbs solution to dreaded diseases
“Welcoming Pragati’s initiative, I take this opportunity to appeal to them to take up herbal plantation near garbage dumping yards, slums and urban pockets like Punjagutta and Kukatpally where emission levels are high,” says G Kalyan Chakravarthy, IAS, Director General, Environment Protection Training & Research Institute on World Forest Day
Hyderabd, 21st March, 2015: World Forest Day was observed at Pragati Resort in Pragati Bio-diversity Knowledge Park near Chilkur Balaji temple. In line with CM K Chandrashekahar Rao’s “Telangana Ku Haritha Haram”, Pragati Foundation and Pragati Bio-diversity Knowledge Park has recently announced the launch of Herbal Urban Forestry programme in association with United Federation of Residents Welfare Associations (U-FERWAS) and Telangana Builders Federation.
G Kalyan Chakravarthy, IAS, Director General, Environment Protection Training & Research Institute, the chief guest on the occasion said, “the noise, air, water pollution have become a serious health hazard. One degree change of temperature has a multiple chain affect on the glaciers resulting in global warming. Our major concern is to bring in the pollution parameters within permissible limit. While welcoming Pragati’s initiative, I take this opportunity to appeal to them to take up herbal plantation near garbage dumping yards, slums and urban pockets like Punjagutta and Kukatpally where emission levels are high.”
He further added, “Any government’s initiative will have greater success with active participation of the public. And such private- public initiative as initiated by Pragati can help move towards our objective.At EPTRI we study climate change in Telangana and AP and work towards providing the right environment. We are in the process of submitting the action report for climate change concerns to government.”
Dr GBK Rao, CMD, Pragati Group talking about the Herbal Urban Forestry programme said, “We are looking at closely working with the state government, private and public bodies to share our expertise on an ongoing basis in the area of sacred herbal plantation to provide disease free lung space to the citizens of Hyderabad at various road meridians, road avenues, parks, junctions and urban pockets. Water conservation through development of rain water harvesting pits and usage of drip irrigation will also be facilitated and people sensitised and educated about the need to conserve water through such initiatives.”
Dr GBK Rao further said, “Pragati has been providing training to various government and private agencies since last ten years in natural farming and herbal plantation. And has now stepped up their efforts to provide necessary training and information to the office bearers of various resident welfare associations, NGOs, social organisations, officials and staff of the government department in herbal green technology to promote the Herbal Urban forestry programme.”
Dubba and other herbal plants were planted on the occasion. This year the theme of World Forest Day has been ‘Climate change – A smart Future.’ 32 million acres of forest is getting destroyed in the world every year. Each herbal plant has medicinal value. Some are researched and others are yet to be worked on. Wonders can be achieved by exploring the medicinal value of the ancient sacred herbal plants to come out with formulations that could relieve mankind from dreaded ailments. A unique herb with medicinal properties for prevention of Breast Cancer and named it as Urginea Raogibikei is one such recent breakthrough of Pragati Bio Pharma .