In order to create job opportunities and for the betterment of tribal people, the Maharashtra government has proposed to set-up herbal medicine centres in two tribal areas in the state.
The proposed herbal medicine centres, in coordination with Ministry of AYUSH, will come up on experimental basis in Mokhada, located in Palghar district, and Melghat, located in Amaravati district.
The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Maharashtra’s Health Minister Dr Deepak Sawant in Mantralaya on Tuesday (May 9).
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Sawant said, “Job creation will help government in its efforts to eradicate menace of malnutrition in tribal areas. If we create jobs in tribal belt, then tribals will not migrate from their villages. Tribal women can take care of their children in better manner. This will help the state to focus on issue of malnutrition in a better way.”
Dr Sawant urged that companies which manufacture herbal products, like Dabur, Sandu and Baidyanath, should conduct an extensive survey in tribal areas and educate tribals.
“For the proposed manufacturing centre, Ministry of AYUSH, forest department and state’s herbal medicine board should work out a strategy and come up an action plan within a months’ time,” Dr Sawant said.
He also directed agricultural colleges across the state to help and educate the tribal people about cooperative farming techniques and which herbal medicines plant they can grow.