Uttarakhand News

ITBP launches schemes to check forced migration in Uttarakhand

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) that guards the Indo-China border will soon launch various schemes to boost the livelihood of locals living in border villages of Uttarakhand to prevent forced migration. Apart from that, basic facilities such as roads are also being developed in  those remote regions. This comes after an official report revealed that there were 14 border villages among 734 revenue villages that depopulated in the last six years.

According to the ITBP officials, lack of employment opportunities, basic facilities and infrastructure is the prime reason which forced locals to migrate to different areas. The border villages act as a lookout for the border police for any enemy intrusion. The absence of the locals from these border areas could turn out to be threat for national security.

This is one of the main reason ITBP swung into action to chalk our schemes that aims to strengthen the livelihood options of the people in the border villages and initiate basic facilities there.

A long term plan will be chalked out in consultation with the residents of the Vyas, Darma and Johar valleys in the border district of Pithoragarh. A number of livelihood options are being created by harnessing natural wealth like medicinal plants and natural springs which are in abundance in the region. Cooperative societies can be formed within the region which could store water and then sell to multinational bottled water companies.

Besides, the ITBP officials will also guide the local youth interested in joining the defence and paramilitary forces.

Inputs from Hindustan Times