Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat today unveiled the Rural Development and Migration Commission’s interim report. The report contains survey carried out in 7950 Gram Panchayats spread across the state between January and February this year. Here are the key findings of the survey team:
- 42% of the youth between the age of 26 to 35 years are migrating from the villages as compared to 29% population over the age of 35 years, while below 25 years this figure stands at 28%.
- 70% of the people are migrating within the state, 29% have migrated to other states of India while 1% of the migrating people have gone abroad.
- According to the findings of the report, 50% of the people are forced to leave their homes in search of better jobs and lifestye, 15% people migrate for better education while 8% of the population is migrating due to lack of medical and healthcare facilities in the hills.
- The report states that 383726 people from 6338 villages have migrated temporarily to other places
in the last 10 years. These people come and go to their native places but are working elsewhere. While
118981 people from 3946 villages have migrated permanently.
- An alarming stat from the report is that 734 villages have become abandoned since the 2011 census, 14 of which lie at the international border of Uttarakhand.
On the basis of the report the team has identified 35 development blocks in 9 hill districts to promote small and medium industries and prevent migration.