John Kharsingh, Chairman of the Society for Protection of Indigenous Knowledge and Practices said, in a statement released by the society, that the herbal plants of the State were facing serious threat due to the uncontrolled sourcing from the forests of Meghalaya.
Herbal medicinal plants are also being used for treatment of patients in rural areas which is posing a threat to the valuable resource of the State.
In this connection, Kharshiing urged the State government to consider reviewing the central laws such as The Forest Conservation Act 1950, the Biological Diversity Act 2002, the Biological Diversity Rules 2004 and the Meghalaya State Medicinal Plant Board.
According to him, thousands of individual in the villages surrounding the sacred forests in Meghalaya require immediate livelihood funding and support as the pressure continues to mount on the natural resources because of increasing human activities.
Kharshiing in the statement appealed the State government to make it mandatory for all MLA funds to support the World Environment Day plantations, nurseries, environmental schemes.
He further stated that the future generation would be greatly benefitted if all legislators part with Rs 50 lakh from the Rs 2 crore MLA fund each year to support such critical eco-activities.