Press Releases 18-01-2017
- Chandigarh, January 18 – Haryana Forest Department today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Patanjali Anusandhan Sansthan Divya Yog Mandir Trust, Haridwar for developing World Herbal Forest in Morni in district Panchkula.
- While Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Forests, Mr R.R. Jowel signed the MoU on behalf of the Forests Department,Acharya Balkrishan signed on behalf of the Patanjali Anusandhan Sansthan Divya Yog Mandir Trust, Haridwar in the presence of Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal, Health and Ayush Minister Mr Anil Vij, Forests Minister Rao Narbir Singh and Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu.
- Speaking on this occasion, the Chief Minister said that World herbal Forest would be developed over an area of about 53,000 acres of land with the technical and knowledge support of Patanjali Anusandhan Sansthan. This would not only help in promotion of herbal and medicinal plants, but would also assist to promote forest tourism in the state. This herbal forest would bring Haryana on the world map where botanists and researchers from around the globe will visit, he added.
- The Chief Minister said that land in Morni would be remained either with local people or with the Forests department. The people would also obtain new technique of cultivation. Apart from the conservation of existing plants, a variety of about 25000 medicinal plants and herbs found in the country would be planted in this area. The forest would be divided in clusters for plantation. He said that Patanjali Anusandhan Sansthan would provide its expertise free of cost for developing the herbal forest. The Sansthan would identify plants, select suitable area for plantation, and would provide scientific assistance.
- Acharya Balkrishan said that this is not a commercial tie between Patanjali and Forests department with signing of this MoU. The Sansthan would only provide its scientific and technical support to develop Morni forest as herbal forest. He said that out of the 4.5 lakh varieties of plants, our scientists and experts have identified about 60,000 medicinal and herbal varieties which are being documented. Patanjali has not taken any land from the government for this ambitious project and our objective is only to develop the Morni forest as an attractive forest, he added.
- Minister of State for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Mr Karan Dev Kamboj, MLA Mrs Latika Sharma, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Dr Amrinder Kaur and other senior officers were also present on this occasion.
- Chandigarh, Jan 18 – Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal has given approval for installation of solar energy devices in all 25,962 anganwadi centres in the State at a cost of Rs 44 crore.
- This was disclosed by Women and Child Development Minister, Mrs. Kavita Jain, today.
- She said that this scheme would reduce electricity bills of anganwadi centres by Rs 12 crore annually and fans and LED lights would be installed in the centres. The use of solar energy to run three LED lights and two fans would be encouraged in anganwadi centres, she added.
- The Minister said that the scheme has been prepared for adoption of anganwadi centres under ‘Hamari Phulwari Yojana’ for providing facilities to children coming to the centres.