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World Mountain Day 2011

Conference held on the Deserted Villages of Uttarakhand

Dr Nitin Pandey

14-Dec-2011

Dhad conference on World Environment Day
Migration from Villages : Challenges & Possibilities

Figures were as shocking as the narration that speaker after speaker reeled out. It was difficult not to be moved and empathize. 4 lakh houses in the hills of Uttarakhand have perpetual locks on their doors. Upto 40% of the residents of all villages in Uttarakhand have migrated with total migration exceeding 30 lakhs in last 10 years. Most of the hill districts of Uttarakhand have a negative population growth rate. Even as the leaders are busy “developing” Dehra Dun, people in hills yearn for basic necessities and the migration from hills has only accelerated after the formation of Uttarakhand.

These and so many equally saddening issues were discussed on the occasion of “World Mountain Day”, 11th December, in a conference organized by “Dhaad” an association of ordinary but concerned residents of Uttarakhand at KDMIPE Auditorium in Dehra Dun. Titled “The question of deserted villages of Uttarakhand; Challenges & Possibilities” the conference drew widespread participation by Doonites. “ ‘Dhaad’ means to call, it is a voice of people of Uttarakhand calling for equitable development and progress” explains Lokesh Nawani, one of the founding members of the group. Started 28 years ago as a magazine for socially awakening poems and compositions, Dhaad soon turned into an activists group when after a few years, the members realized that poetry, though important for awakening among people, alone is not the bring about change. Since then Dhaad has been active all over Uttarakhand attempting to highlight socio-political issues. Lokesh, a poet himself, is the editor of the magazine.

Welcoming the participants, Prof. MC Sathi lamented that the political will to improve the lot of people is simply not there. He said that the economic condition of the villagers in the hills is beyond description. The per capita income of Uttarakhand is pegged at Rs 56,000 per year but it is skewed due to high salaried individuals in the plains and if the living condition and food of a vast majority of people in small villages is seen, it would not be even a third of that. He said that statistics do not mirror the ground realities in the hilly areas due to this distortion. He said that in this age, it is simply unacceptable that over 8 lakh houses in Uttarakhand do not have a toilet. According to him over 25% schools in hilly districts have only one teacher and the school door is locked whenever the sole teacher goes on leave or falls sick, which demotivates the children. One can imagine the quality of education with one person teaching all subjects in all classes upto 8th standard. The absence of basic facilities is seen from the fact that around 6 lakh houses in Uttarakhand do not have electricity. According to Sathi, lack of educational facilities, health care, basic infrastructure and non-existent job opportunities are the basic causes of migration.

According to Lt. Gen (Rtd) TPS Rawat, President Uttarakhand Raksha Morcha, the root cause of the failure of development in hills was corruption. He said that upto 70% of all funds meant for development are siphoned off. He lamented the total absence of political wills to stem the tide of migration and said that when the elected representatives themselves “migrate” from their constituencies after the elections, to the comforts of Dehra Dun, it sets a bad precedent for others. He also said that while some amount of migration to “greener” pastures is a normal phenomenon, what Uttarakhand was seeing now was mass migration of people, which was worrisome.

Among the other speakers were Manoharkant Dhyani, Vice President, Planning Commission, Government of Uttarakhand, Samar Chandari, Secretary, CPI, Uttarakhand, Omgopal Rawat, MLA, PC Tiwari, Uttarakhand Parivartan Party, & Munna Singh Chauhan, President, Uttarakhand Janwadi Party.



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Date02-Nov-12
From: deepak awasthi
Nice is the movement of yours,much inspiring than politics of uttarakhand,while the idea for a separate state of uttarakhand came from very grounds of different culture,needs,and developement of hilly regions... But as time passed all these three needs we see unfulfilled,despite politics flourished,the so called "INNOCENT AND NICE-HEARTED" peoples of uttarakhand turned into ultra highprofile society,face of which can easily be seen in the film expose scandal of Rudarpur, and as far as culture is concerned,the culture of uttarakhand is mostly regarded as superstition by those who pass the metrics exam.And the glory of developement is that the decent pahadi samaj is far away from it,all money is again in the hands of Tata,Birla's in rudrapur or haridwar..etc.


Date28-Dec-11
From: PRADEEP RAWAT
SEPRATE POLICIES SHOULD BE MADE FOR THE DEVLOPMENT OF HILL DISTRICTS.VILLAGE LEVEL DEVLOPMENT SCHEMES SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED. EACH BLOCK SHOULD HAVE ITI NURSING TRAINING ,RURAL TOURISM ,SPORT ACADMEY ,BASIC HOTEL MGMT ,COMPUTER EDUCATION. MORE EMPHASIS SHOULD BE IN AGRICULTURE. HILL SLOGAN SHOULD BE HAR KHET KO PANI. UNEMPLOYED SHOULD GET ALLOWANCE.EVERY HOUSE SHOULD HAVE SKILLED PEOPLE THESE ARE AREAS WHICH CAN STOP MIGRATION BUT THIS IS POSSIBLE ONLY IF YOUR AREA REPRESENTATIVE IN ASSEMBLY AND PARLIAMENT ARE COMMITED TO DO.




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