Subodh Uniyal who us that agricultural minister of the state said that In order to curb the migration and also in order to generate the employment foe around 100 different villages that are present along the border of India and China, the Uttarakhand government would now send a plan to the Centre for the development of these villages. These projects will come under the International Border Development Programme.
The state government has also selected villages from over 11 blocks from the bordering districts. These villages would be developed as a model villages. Out of the 11 blocks, four of them are in a district named Pithoragarh, one is in the district named Chamoli, three of them are in Uttarkashi, two of them are in the Champawat and the remaining one is in Udham Singh Nagar.
Uniyal said that they got around 100 villages in the blocks that are near to the Indo – China border , which they shall develop as the model villages. He also said that under the International Border Development Programme, they are working so that they can send a proposal to the Central government in order to develop these villages as the Integrated Model Agriculture which is the IMA villages, this will be done so that they can also generate the employment opportunities.
He also added saying that in this action plan , the avenues for promoting the agriculture and also the horticulture at the border areas will also be explored and looked into. He said that the work plan will also focus on other many options like that of the fisheries , animal husbandry , the diary farming and the honey bee farming scheme so that they can increase the income of the famrers.
The minister added saying that the objective of the agricultural development in those areas to prevent the migration by bringing prosperity and also to the region of the International border. He also said that preventing the migration is also important from the strategic point of the view.
The proposal will be developed for all the areas that will fall under one to ten kilometres of radius of the village.
In a step forward to boos the tourism in those areas and also to contain the migration of the local people from bordering the villages, this month the state government ended the Inner – line permit system from the Niti Valley area that is present in the Chamoli district.
In a letter that was given to the ministry of the home affairs, Satpal Maharaj who is the tourism minister had also mentioned about some areas that fall under the Inner – line permit regime, that also includes the Gartang gali which is in Uttarkashi district, Timmersain Mahadev and Niti Valley that are in Chamoli district and Om Parvat of the Pithoragarh district.
Due to the requirement that was needed for the Inner-line permit, there were also some restrictions that were made for the tourists and also for the civilians to enter those areas.
Maharaj said that by the centre the area that is in the Niti village has been removed from the Inner line and also the operating avenues of the tourism and the other development activities over there.