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One of the Biggest plant conservation report of its kind released: Will it cure Plant Blindness as well?

One of the biggest reports on plant species conservation in India was on Sunday released making Uttarakhand the first state to release a unique report highlighting its conservation efforts to save over 1,145 rare plants from extinction.

 

The research and conservation project was conducted and compiled by the whistleblower IFS officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi and his team of bright budding researchers. As per the report as many as 1,145 plant species have been conserved out of which 46 species are endemic to Uttarakhand and 68 species are rare, endangered or threatened, under the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) or under state biodiversity board.

 

It covers all classes of plants - tree, shrub, herb, bamboo, wild climbers, fern, orchid, grass, cane, alpine flowers, palm, cycad, cactus, succulent, aquatic species, insectivorous plants and even lower plants like moss, lichen and algae, which have been documented, classified and conserved for the first time.

 

The project aimed at germplasm conservation so that species remain conserved with the forest department even if they disappear from their natural habitat in the wild. Conservation of endemic species is considered to be particularly important as they exist in one geographical region only.

 

The conservation programme includes herbs like Ashwagandha, Giloy, Kalmegh and Chitrak, Brahmkamal and mythological ‘Sanjeevani’ herb as well. Brahmkamal, the state flower of Uttarakhand is considered sacred. It is found at over 12,000 feet altitude in the Himalayan region bordering China, It is used as antiseptic and for treatment of other ailments.

 

Sanjeevani (Selaginella bryopteris) is another rare herb which has found a mention in Ramayan. Similarly, Thuner (Taxusbaccata), a tree found at very high altitude in Himalayan region and at the verge of extinction because of extraction of ‘taxol’, used in treating breast cancer, and Bhojpatra -- a holy tree on the bark of which ancient scriptures were written -- being the last species in tree line, are also conserved by the Uttarakhand forest department. Bhojpatra (Betulautilis) is found in the Himalayan region at around 10,000 ft altitude, before the start of glaciers.

 

Some of the famous and endangered plant species conserved are Chandan, Raktchandan, Ritha, Vajradanti, Jatamasi, Dhoop, Badritulsi, Sita Ashok, Mithavish, Sarpgandha, Brahmi, Salampanja (orchid), Kalmegha, and Buransh among others.

 

The project gathers importance because the present extinction rate of plant species has reached up to 5-7 species per year. Chaturvedi said that the ambitious conservation endeavor would end ‘plant blindness’, a term coined by US botanist Elisabeth Schussler and James Wandersee in 1998, which underlines the ironies of forest conservation regime. Presently most of the conservation efforts and public attention, funds are diverted into the conservation of glamorous megafauna species like tiger, elephant etc, completely neglecting plant conservation while they play a much more important ecological role. Chaturvedi further added that plants play a more important role in sustaining human life in terms of carbon sequestration, the supply of oxygen, air purification, for food security in terms of the gene pool of wild species, and providing valuable biochemical and bio-molecules in preparation of various medicines.

26 May 2020
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Chaturvedi to address civil servants on Safeguards for Honest Officers

Whistleblower IFS officer Sanjeev Chaturvedi has been invited to address civil servants. He has always been among the few first choices when it comes to inviting officers to give motivational talks to the budding civil servants.

Chaturvedi was also invited to Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad recently. He had addressed trainee Civil Servants on ‘Fight Against Corruption’ on February 27, 2020.

He will now be addressing at foundation course for 80 IPS probationers of various cadres, around 79 Indian Forest Service probationers of different cadres and some probationers of Allied Group A central services at Dr MCR HRD Institute, Hyderabad, Telangana. The training to AIS officers and Central Services probationers is being funded and designed by the Central government. He will address trainee civil servants, via virtual mode, on ‘safeguards for Honest Officers’ on May 7, 2020, from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM.  

19 Apr 2020
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One of the Biggest plant conservation report of its kind released: Will it cure Plant Blindness as well?

By Rakesh Ranjan 26 May 2020

One of the biggest reports on plant species conservation in India was on Sunday released making Uttarakhand the first state to release a unique report highlighting its conservation efforts to save over 1,145 rare plants from extinction.

 

The research and conservation project was conducted and compiled by the whistleblower IFS officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi and his team of bright budding researchers. As per the report as many as 1,145 plant species have been conserved out of which 46 species are endemic to Uttarakhand and 68 species are rare, endangered or threatened, under the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) or under state biodiversity board.

 

It covers all classes of plants - tree, shrub, herb, bamboo, wild climbers, fern, orchid, grass, cane, alpine flowers, palm, cycad, cactus, succulent, aquatic species, insectivorous plants and even lower plants like moss, lichen and algae, which have been documented, classified and conserved for the first time.

 

The project aimed at germplasm conservation so that species remain conserved with the forest department even if they disappear from their natural habitat in the wild. Conservation of endemic species is considered to be particularly important as they exist in one geographical region only.

 

The conservation programme includes herbs like Ashwagandha, Giloy, Kalmegh and Chitrak, Brahmkamal and mythological ‘Sanjeevani’ herb as well. Brahmkamal, the state flower of Uttarakhand is considered sacred. It is found at over 12,000 feet altitude in the Himalayan region bordering China, It is used as antiseptic and for treatment of other ailments.

 

Sanjeevani (Selaginella bryopteris) is another rare herb which has found a mention in Ramayan. Similarly, Thuner (Taxusbaccata), a tree found at very high altitude in Himalayan region and at the verge of extinction because of extraction of ‘taxol’, used in treating breast cancer, and Bhojpatra -- a holy tree on the bark of which ancient scriptures were written -- being the last species in tree line, are also conserved by the Uttarakhand forest department. Bhojpatra (Betulautilis) is found in the Himalayan region at around 10,000 ft altitude, before the start of glaciers.

 

Some of the famous and endangered plant species conserved are Chandan, Raktchandan, Ritha, Vajradanti, Jatamasi, Dhoop, Badritulsi, Sita Ashok, Mithavish, Sarpgandha, Brahmi, Salampanja (orchid), Kalmegha, and Buransh among others.

 

The project gathers importance because the present extinction rate of plant species has reached up to 5-7 species per year. Chaturvedi said that the ambitious conservation endeavor would end ‘plant blindness’, a term coined by US botanist Elisabeth Schussler and James Wandersee in 1998, which underlines the ironies of forest conservation regime. Presently most of the conservation efforts and public attention, funds are diverted into the conservation of glamorous megafauna species like tiger, elephant etc, completely neglecting plant conservation while they play a much more important ecological role. Chaturvedi further added that plants play a more important role in sustaining human life in terms of carbon sequestration, the supply of oxygen, air purification, for food security in terms of the gene pool of wild species, and providing valuable biochemical and bio-molecules in preparation of various medicines.

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Chaturvedi to address civil servants on Safeguards for Honest Officers

By IndianMandarins 19 Apr 2020

Whistleblower IFS officer Sanjeev Chaturvedi has been invited to address civil servants. He has always been among the few first choices when it comes to inviting officers to give motivational talks to the budding civil servants.

Chaturvedi was also invited to Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad recently. He had addressed trainee Civil Servants on ‘Fight Against Corruption’ on February 27, 2020.

He will now be addressing at foundation course for 80 IPS probationers of various cadres, around 79 Indian Forest Service probationers of different cadres and some probationers of Allied Group A central services at Dr MCR HRD Institute, Hyderabad, Telangana. The training to AIS officers and Central Services probationers is being funded and designed by the Central government. He will address trainee civil servants, via virtual mode, on ‘safeguards for Honest Officers’ on May 7, 2020, from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM.  

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Chaturvedi suggests PMO to create a corpus for harassed upright officers

By IndianMandarins 16 Sep 2019

Indian Forest Service officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi has written a letter to the PMO after donating his compensation money of Rs 25,000 for the harassment he was meted out with that a fund should be created to help out such honest officers who have been subject to vindictive action.

The PMO has appreciated the gesture of donating money by Chaturvedi who filed a case before CAT on the adverse entry made in his appraisal report of 2015-16 by AIIMS, New Delhi where he worked as chief vigilance officer. He was also paid Rs 10,000 as compensation by the B S Hooda government in 2011 again for harassment.

While putting across his view on creating a corpus for honest civil servants, He quoted Sardar Patel’s deliberation in Constituent Assembly where he had said, “You will not have a united India, if you don’t have a good All India Service which has the independence to speak out its mind.” 

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Wasting taxpayers' money to drag an avoidable conflict with Ex-CVO AIIMS

By IndianMandarins 02 Jul 2019

The Central government and the AIIMS have tied themselves with proverbial Gordian knot in their dealings with Sanjiv Chaturvedi (IFoS:2002:UD). And the more they drag the case at the cost of poor taxpayers against an honest civil servant, the more they rub their nose time and again in the dust of the courtrooms.

 

In the latest instance, the Uttarakhand High Court has issued a contempt of court notice to Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan (IAS:1983:AP) and AIIMS Director, Dr. Randeep Guleria,  for having failed to pay the cost of Rs 25,000 to Chaturvedi in accordance with the direction of the court.

 

In August, 2018, the Court had imposed that cost on the Centre for misleading the Principal Bench of Central Administrative Tribunal at New Delhi into staying proceedings in a service matter case filed by Chaturvedi before the Nainital bench wherein he had sought to quash his poor appraisal report for 2015-16 when he served as CVO at AIIMS New Delhi.

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Wasting taxpayers' money to drag an avoidable conflict with Ex-CVO AIIMS

By IndianMandarins 02 Jul 2019

The Central government and the AIIMS have tied themselves with proverbial Gordian knot in their dealings with Sanjiv Chaturvedi (IFoS:2002:UD). And the more they drag the case at the cost of poor taxpayers against an honest civil servant, the more they rub their nose time and again in the dust of the courtrooms.

 

In the latest instance, the Uttarakhand High Court has issued a contempt of court notice to Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan (IAS:1983:AP) and AIIMS Director, Dr. Randeep Guleria,  for having failed to pay the cost of Rs 25,000 to Chaturvedi in accordance with the direction of the court.

 

In August, 2018, the Court had imposed that cost on the Centre for misleading the Principal Bench of Central Administrative Tribunal at New Delhi into staying proceedings in a service matter case filed by Chaturvedi before the Nainital bench wherein he had sought to quash his poor appraisal report for 2015-16 when he served as CVO at AIIMS New Delhi.

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For a change, Chaturvedi to be honoured on R-Day

By IndianMandarins 21 Jan 2019

Keeping aside the quarrel between the central government and upright Indian Forest Service officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi, the Uttarakhand government has decided to honor the officer on the Republic Day for his outstanding contributions to forest research.

 

Even though 16 cases of central government's hamhanded dealing with him are pending in four High Courts and the Supreme Court, the chief forest officer of the state B K Gongte, in a letter dated January 19, 2019, has requested Chaturvedi to be present at the head office of the state forest department so that he could be honoured for his outstanding contributions to saving and reviving some of the endangered Himalayan botanical species.

 

The letter also expresses profound admiration of the department to Sanjiv's other 'out-of-box' contributions like involving the private sector in research activities for the preservation, conservation, and development of forestry in the state.

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