ADILABAD: The Telangana government's ambitious Haritha Haram was initiated to improve the green cover but Adilabad police thought of serving one other purpose too, to better the health of tribals in hamlets, through the same programme. For this, they are encouraging planting of more drumstick saplings, besides others, in the tribal villages, tribal ashram schools and hostels, as part of Haritha Haram in the district. Drumsticks have excellent therapeutic value and high nutrition content.
Having found that a majority of the tribals are anaemic, SP Vikram Jeet Duggal instructed the police officials, of all police stations, to supply drumstick saplings to people in interior villages and to tribal ashram schools, as consumption of drumsticks would compensate the health deficiencies due to lack of nutritious food. The police department found that a number of Adivasi children, pregnant and lactating women are suffering from anaemia and low percent haemoglobin, due to lack of nutritional food and sometimes, it even led to deaths.
The SP said there are 90 types of nutrients in drumsticks, as per the American scientists, and that eating drumsticks will help the Adivasis in maintaining good health. "People are growing drumsticks in large areas across the world after realising their importance. The drumstick leaves have medicinal qualities and they are used in ayurvedic treatment in villages. It is said drumsticks have nutrients like iron, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus and many more. There are more health benefits to eating drumsticks."
The SP appealed to the students to ensure that their parents plant five trees in their house and asked them to approach the ‘Jana Mytri’ police in their respective wards and villages to get the required number of saplings. Adilabad police fixed a target to plant 10 lakh plants of different varieties, as part of Haritha Haram, in Adilabad district and has even set target to all the police stations and the cops are busy in identifying places for planting them.