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Ayurveda

Work on Itty Achuthan Memorial Ayurveda memorial in limbo

ALAPPUZHA: The work of building Itty Achuthan Memorial Ayurveda Museum and Research Centre at Kadakkarapally in Cherthala has come to a standstill, thanks to the lethargic attitude of the authorities.

It was Itty Achuthan, an ayurvedic scholar from Kadakkarapally, Cherthala, who had provided inputs to Hendrik van Rheede, former governor of Dutch Malabar, to compile botanical classic ‘Hortus Malabaricus’ (Garden of Malabar).

Hortus Malabaricus Trust, Cherthala, had been trying to set up an ayurveda museum and research centre in memory of the scholar at his birthplace, for the past few years and they submitted a proposal in this regard as early as in 2001. However, it was taken up only after 10 years by former finance minister Thomas Isaac, who allotted Rs 10 lakh for the project in February 2011. Later, finance minister K M Mani also sanctioned Rs 15 lakh for the project in his first budget.

However, when Cherthala MLA P Thilothaman asked about the status of the project to cultural minister K C Joseph in the state assembly, the minister gave a written reply that no amount had been set aside by both the UDF and the previous LDF governments for the project so far.

Cherthala MLA P Thilothaman told TOI that he would soon submit a complaint to the minister. “It is a blatant example of apathy of the state government and I was surprised by the reply of the cultural minister. Perhaps, it might be the mistake of the officials of the cultural department which prepared the reply for the minister,” the MLA said.

K C Joseph told TOI that he gave the reply after checking the files. “I don’t know anything about the funds allotted for the project. If my reply is wrong, I will take necessary steps to correct it and will speed up implementation of the project,” the minister said.

“The cultural minister has given a reply without studying details. We are also planning to approach the Dutch government seeking its help for implementing the project, once the state government kicks off its work here,” Hortus Malabaricus Trust secretary M N Chidambaran said.

Meanwhile, the trust is continuing with its efforts to keep Itty Achuthan’s memory intact. It is all set to conduct ‘Itty Achuthan medicinal plants exhibition’ here on December 2. It will feature over 300 plants, including those on the verge of extinction.

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Alappuzha, November 30

The state government’s project for setting up Itty Achuthan Memorial Ayurveda Museum and Research Centre at Kadakkarapally in Cherthala has come to a standstill due to its lethargic attitude. It was Itty Achuthan, an ayurvedic scholar of herbs from Kadakkarapally, Cherthala, who had contributed inputs to Hendrik van Rheede, who was the Governor of Dutch Malabar to compile great botanical classic ‘Hortus Malabaricus’ (Garden of Malabar).

Though finance minister K M Mani in his budget for 2011 -2012 fiscal year announced Rs 15 lakh for the project, cultural and rural development minister K C Joseph informed Cherthala MLA P Thilothaman on November 3 at the state assembly that the state government had not sanctioned any amount for this project so far.

It was finance minister T M Thomas Isaac, who first sanctioned Rs 10 lakh for setting up an Ayurveda Museum and Research Centre in February 2011 in the name of Itty Achuthan at his native place.

After Isaac, finance minister K M Mani has also sanctioned Rs 15 lakh for the project in his first budget. However when Cherthala MLA asked about the status of the project to cultural minister K C Joseph at the state assembly, the minister gave a written reply that no amount had been set aside by both the UDF and the previous LDF governments for the project.

Cherthala MLA P Thilothaman told TOI that he would soon submit a complaint to the minister to draw his attention to the matter. It is a good example for the apathy of the state government and I was surprised by the reply of the cultural minister. It might be the mistake of the officials of the cultural department which prepared the reply for the minister,” the MLA said.

Cultural Minister K C Joseph told TOI that he gave reply after checking the files of the project. I don’t know anything about the funds allotted for the project. If my reply is wrong, I will take necessary steps for correcting it and will speed up the execution of the project,” the minister said.

It was Hortus Malabaricus Trust, Cherthala, which submitted a proposal for setting up Itty Achuthan Memorial Ayurveda Museum and Research Centre at his birth place in 2001. However the proposal gathered dust for 9 years. In 2011, February, then finance minister T M Thomas Isaac in his budget sanctioned Rs 10 lakhs for the preliminary activities of the project and the UDF augmented the amount to Rs 15 lakh for the project

Hortus Malabaricus Trust secretary M N Chidambaran said that that the project was getting delayed due to the apathy of the state government.

The cultural minister has given a reply without studying the details. We are also planning to approach the Dutch Government seeking their help for the execution of the project once the state government kicked off its works here,” Chidambaran said.

However the trust is all set to conduct ‘Itty Achuthan medicinal plants exhibition’ on December 2 in the village of Itty Achuthan. It will feature over 300 plants including those are at risk of extinction and the plants used by Itty Achuthan for various diseases.

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