RCDC has launched a special drive called Green Aid under the Save Eastern Ghats-Odisha Ecosystem programme. About the initiative an article was published in the Industry and Mines Observer of September 2013.
With a view to provide nutritious and natural leaves and other items to people from their own backyard, plants containing several vitamins were distributed among villagers of Dudumdhara and Chhanchan Bahali villages in Khprakhol block in Balangir district jointly by Gandhmardan Action Committee (GAC) and RCDC here on Saturday last.
A total of 1,500 species, which include multi-vitamin plants, bamboo, and Phasi varieties were distributed. Notably, Phasi wood is required for making chariot of Lord Jagannath. “We distributed multivitamin plants, whose leaves contain vitamin A, B, C, D and iron among the villagers to grow them in their own backyard, rather than in forest. Similarly, Phasi plants were distributed for meeting the shortage of wood for making chariots during the Car Festival,” said an RCDC official.
According to sources, Dudumdoroh villagers have been guarding their village forest for last few decades. They have identified more than 128 eco sensitive spots under Ecosystem Alliance Programme and also preserved 41varities of extinct plants in Gandhmardarn region.