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Uttar Kashi: Unheard and Ignored, These Women Make Their Own Road Through a Hill

The women in Daang town in Uttar Kashi have discovered a method to make the political parties provide what they assure throughout elections. The women understand that no prospect or political party will talk or do anything about the concerns bothering them. These women have come forward to construct a roadway through a hill, all by themselves. The government has proposed to develop another roadway in a various path. This path would be longer and would likewise result in cutting of hundreds of trees planted by the villagers. Therefore the females chose to make their own roadway.

When the 2012 Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ) alert was stated with a goal to safeguard the 100 km Gaumukh Uttarkashi stretch, it mandated that the ladies be spoken with for execution. The ESZ limits the building and construction of hydropower jobs, business river bed mining of roadways in restricted locations. The federal government declares that there were at least 5 public hearings which were held, and the opposition to this notice was consentaneous. The females of the town call this workout a sham given that no one took their inputs when thinking about building in the Bhagirathi eco-sensitive zone.

The Uttarakhand Mahila Manch has representation from all the districts, and they have required to be offered “farmer status” and “farmland rights” to every female. They wish to stop the building and constructions of big dams as well as desire half quota in van panchayat.

 “Had the women been consulted before large dams such as the Loharinag Pala on the Bhagirathi were built, we could have stopped this destruction. Not even a single woman in this area was heard on the ESZ,” complains Gram Pradhan Pushpa Chauhan of Ganeshpur village. She further added that the key issues for women here are forests and water as the cattle, farming, fodder, firewood depends on these two. The wild animals destroy their crops and attack them every day, she added, as reported by The Times of India.
Pushpa likewise explained a number of irreversible landslide zones and dry streams that contribute to the women’s problems. The women chose that they will not cast a vote unless any party assists them construct their roadway. This is how they feel the political leaders will pay attention to their needs.
Bachue Devi (80) and Dilma Devi (83) are amongst the few women in the region who don’t know about the ESZ, but they had participated in the Chipko Movement in 1970 with Sunderlal Bahuguna. Jamuna Devi (60) from Gangori village can barely talk or join any festival. Her friend Sureshi Devi (65) and she were mauled by bears in separate incidents. Jamuna eyes were clawed out.
Vijandyei Rana has around 1800 women working with her in a self-help group. She says that women do 90% of the farming and are responsible for water and forest produce too. She cites an example of a canal closed after flash floods in 2013 leaving around 12 villages without support, irrigation, consequently burdening the women and the families.
While facilities tasks are required, the government needs to take into consideration the regional individuals’s viewpoint. It is the regional individuals who bear the force of the issues triggered by these jobs.