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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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Khemka case: Court rubs Khattar's nose in dirt of his deed

By IndianMandarins 18 Mar 2019

In this website, we have always advised the political administration to keep their dirty hands off from interfering in the career of civil servants; especially, the whistleblower officers. But Haryana CM Manoharlal Khattar and Union Health Minister JP Nadda are made of Congress cast and hence refuse to mend their behavior. One tried to harm the career of IAS officer Ashok Khemka by lower grading in the annual performance report; another did the same thing to Sanjiv Chaturvedi. And both, through their below-contempt deeds, have invited nice strictures from the courts.

 

On Monday, the Punjab and Haryana High Court rejected the adverse remarks made by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Ashok Khemka’s performance appraisal report, asserting that senior IAS Officer’s “integrity is beyond doubt” and he needs to be protected from the damage being done to his career.

 

A division bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Kuldip Singh said, “We are of the view that a person of such professional integrity needs to be protected as the professional integrity in our political, social and administrative system is depleting very fast.”

 

The Court added, “Since the number of such officers whose integrity is beyond doubt and who have professional integrity of higher standard is depleting very fast, therefore, they need protection from being damaged by recording adverse remarks against the record.”

 

Ashok Khemka had sought the expunction of the adverse remarks made by Khattar in his annual performance appraisal report (APAR) of the year 2016-2017 and restoration of the overall grade of 9.92 as was given by the Reviewing Authority.

 

Khemka was represented by advocate Shreenath A Khemka in the matter before the High Court as well as the Central Administrative Tribunal, which in December 2018 had dismissed his application saying the accepting authority, who happens to the State Chief Minister, wrote the appraisal report within the limit prescribed under the rules.

 

Dismissing the CAT order, the division bench said, “The remarks of the Accepting Officer and the grading of 9.00 given by the Accepting Authority are hereby set aside and the opinion given by the Reviewing Authority is restored. The grading of 9.92 given by the Reviewing Authority is also restored and will prevail upon the grading given by the Reporting Authority.”

 

The division bench further said, “some of the matters are better understood than said in expressed words”.

 

“The severe constraints in which an honest and upright officer works under the political leadership are well known. There are so many pulls and pressures and the officer has to work according to the rules despite all these pulls and pressures. The Reviewing Authority has recorded that the petitioner is well known in the country for effective professional integrity under very difficult circumstances”.

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Not just a civil servant

By IndianMandarins 07 Mar 2019

Indian Forest Service officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi may seem to possess all the qualities of a good civil servant enumerated by former GoI secretary Anil Swarup in his book 'Not just a civil Servant': courage, sacrifice, and endurance. That must be the reason for his rejection by so-called people's representatives of both the Congress and BJP types.

 

Consider his dealing as the Sole Arbitrator in a dispute between Asphalt Carpet Construction Company and Chandigarh Housing Board. When it came to the arbitration fee and expenses, he refused to accept remuneration and proposed to the parties concerned to contribute a convenient amount for the welfare of CRPF martyr’s family in the accounts of Ministry of Home Affairs opened for this specific purpose.

 

As per the amended Arbitration and Conciliation Act 2015, the Arbitration Fee could be Rs 2.20 lac and along with administrative expenses, his total remuneration was Rs 2.50 lac. However, in the orders passed in February this year, he declared his entire remuneration as Rs NIL and asked both the parties to deposit the amount into an MHA fund opened for the welfare of families of CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama terror attack.

 

It is an irony that the officer had donated (which the PMO refused to accept) his award money (Raman Magsaysay) Rs 14 Lacs to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund after the AIIMS refused to accept his donation of the award money to the AIIMS for free treatment of underprivileged patients, a fact again mentioned in detail in a recent Supreme Court judgement of February this year. Interestingly, while serving at the Centre, his ministry gave him 01 rating/marking as APAR, and yet he refused to kowtow.

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Khemka pooh-poohs Haryana govt's pallbearers

By IndianMandarins 06 Mar 2019

The great Sangh Parivar and its equally great leaders have done great harm to their credibility by proving beyond doubt that their mental makeup is no better than those of the dynasts and their sycophants in dealing with honest officials like Ashok Khemka, Sanjiv Chaturvedi and a host of others. 

 

While Sanjiv has engaged in legal battles so-called nationalists pretending to be hawkers of Hindutava, Khemka has openly ridiculed their might. In a Tweet on Tuesday, he pooh-poohed the pallbearers of the Haryana government on his sixth transfer.

 

He wrote: “Whose interests do I protect? Yours or the people's you claim to represent? It's your arrogance that you will trample me under your feet. With pleasure, I have suffered repeatedly, let it be once more."

 

The 1991-batch IAS officer's tweet came two days after his transfer from a 15-month posting in the Sports and Youth Affairs Department, headed by mercurial state minister Anil Vij.

 

In his 27 year's long career, Khemka has been transferred 56 times - a world record. Before being transferred to the Sports and Youth Affairs Department in November 2017, he held the charge of principal secretary in the Social Justice and Empowerment Department.

 

Even at that time, he had taken to Twitter after the transfer order was issued. "So much work planned. News of another transfer. Crash landing again. Vested interests win. Deja vu. But this is temporary. Will continue with renewed vigor and energy" Khemka had tweeted then.

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Centre was vindictive towards whistleblower officer: SC

By IndianMandarins 06 Feb 2019

In a surprising move the Apex Court has imposed a Rs 25,000 cost on the Centre upholding a Uttarakhand HC order which had found the Union government ‘vindictive’ towards Magsaysay award winner, Sanjiv Chaturvedi (IFS:2002:UD); formerly CVO, AIIMS.

 

The case relates to the Union Health Ministry which had given Chaturvedi, with the approval of the AIIMS Director and J P Nadda, a zero rating in the 2015-16 annual appraisal who had unearthed several scams involving senior officials, for which he had also given the Magsaysay award. Ironically, Chaturvedi had outstanding grading (APAR) till that year for 05 consecutive years and commended on record by the Union Health Secretary and Health minister for his exemplary work.

 

It may further be mentioned that the cost imposed by SC comes as an addition to an existing cost imposed by the Uttarakhand HC in 2018 when it held the Central govt to be vindicated against the whistleblower officer.

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