Dehradun : 17 August, 2015

The ‘Gaon Bachao” yatra to highlight the plight of hill villages will start from Sahiya in Kalsi block of Dehradun district from September 25.
A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the social activists held at the headquarters of Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organisation (HESCO) at Shuklapur village, near here on Sunday.
Presiding over the meeting, Dr Anil Prakashi Joshi of HESCO, a Padma Shree awardee, said the condition of villages in Uttarakhand was pathetic even after 15 years of existence of the state.
He said the 25-day-long yatra was an effort to bring together to those forces, who were genuinely concerned about the progress of backward village areas of the state.
He said 20 social activists would participate in the yatra which would see a gathering of hundreds of people from Garhwal and Kumaon regions.
Kamla Pant, another speaker, said villages were yet to see the light of development and creation of separate state was still to benefit them.
Swami Shivanand of Matri Sadan, Haridwar, hoped that villagers should awaken to fight for their rights.
Dr Pranav Pandya of Shantikunj of Haridwar, said natural resources were being exploited in an arbitrary manner. Social activist Munna Rana said while Himachal was witnessing a speedy development, it was not the same for Uttarakhand. A large number of social activists attended the meeting.
Courtesy: The Tribune

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