Himalayan Paryavaran Jadi Booti Agro Sansthan
Founder & Organizer: Sh. Dwarika Prasad Semwal
Areas of expertise:
Environmental, Ecology, Energy,Water conservation and management, irrigation, philanthropy, fundraising
"JADDI in its essence is truly rural as it derives inspiration from the villages and devises solutions for their problems. It helps them to focus on their economic and development needs and encourages them to tap local resources that open up new avenues to self- reliance."
JADDI was formed in 2001 by a group of people who felt strongly over the rapid deterioration of the Himalayas. The group was formally registered under the firms and societies Registration Act (1960) in 2003 and under FCRA and 12A in the year 2013 to ease the formalities required by many associating agencies.
Since India achieved its independence more than sixty seven years ago, the fruits of economic development are pervading many regions of the country, and are making positive global news everyday! Nevertheless, it is a hard fact that the people living in the remote villages of the Himalayas and the border areas have remained neglected for the most part. Statistics show that about 70% of India’s population live in rural areas, but these rural areas are not developed sufficiently to provide gainful employment opportunities for its’ families. India has always had agriculture based economy but the economical status of the farmers is the pitiable. In India, as in many other countries, poverty is closely linked with unemployment and under-employment. According to a recent Government Report, the unemployment rate in India’s rural sector rose from 14.33% in 1993 up to 19.47% by 2000. Now in India, nearly 74% of all unemployed are in the rural sectors, as compared to the population of urban areas. The villages of the Himalayan Mountains are cut off from the basic facilities of adequate pure water, electricity, sanitation, good roads, and many forms of communications. These villages seriously lack the infrastructure to develop agricultural diversity and other employment opportunities to sustain their families in their own environments as a result rural India turns to urban centers to meet all their needs from livelihood to education to the most shocking is that of food supply. These people grow the crops but they are dependent on urban centers for their processing hence becoming the biggest market for urban products. This results into the outflow of money and they remain poor and underprivileged. Some reasons for this are:
Many government and non-government schemes have been proposed and implemented to address the serious problems of rural development in India. But what percentage of citizens’ taxes rupees is actually reaching the rural areas to address the real, practical needs of the villagers? Are “traditional” social service agencies cost-effective and efficient avenues to address the problems of the rural poor? Are development agencies approaching India’s rural communities with long-term, self-sustaining solutions? And at the same time, are they fiscally transparent and responsible to their contributors? Perhaps India’s successful business corporations, social-aid agencies, their well-intended philanthropists, and private citizens should carefully consider these questions, as they continue to sponsor and support their chosen cause.
Now, as a part of their continuing efforts to find and adapt new technologies for their rural villages, JADDI wants to expand their search, and build a fraternal network between the mountain communities of more technologically advanced regions and countries, and the rural villages of India’s Himalayas. JADDI is trying to develop models for promotion of social and economic development of the rural-poor communities of India
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JADDI introduced a farmer’s market “Garh Bazaar” in Uttarkashi with the aim of providing direct market and better linkage for economic upliftment and sustainability of rural farm products and dislodging middleman in farming sector.
HIMALAYAN DISASTER : 2013
The havoc created due to flood between 14-17 June, 2013 which brought huge amount of destruction in Uttarkashi town and some adjoining village settlements. About 20 villages are directly affected by this natural calamity. Dozens of hotels and multistoried buildings were collapsed and a large number of families were displaced. Approx 1000 families are reported to be adversely impacted by this fury of nature. Dozens of commercial establishments have been swept away in the current of Bhagirsthi resulting throwing normal life out of gear. Heavy loss to the agriculture fields and livestock is also reported. Road blockades, heavy landslides, poor communication facilities have multiplied the miseries of locals and stranded Chardham pilgrims.
JADDI volunteers swung in to action immediately after the disaster and helped people to send in safe places. This move was hailed by not only by the families suffered due to this unprecedented disaster but also by common people.
Uttarkashi Major Newspaper