Effect of Uttarakhand government’s initiative to stop migration: 722 policemen rehabilitated haunted villages in 6 districts, improved ancestral homes

Dehradun7 minutes agoAuthor: Manmeet

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The Uttarakhand government seems to be successful in stopping the people migrating from the villages adjacent to the border of Nepal and China to the cities. To prevent migration, the government had made changes in the transfer policy of policemen in 2017. Now its pleasant results are starting to show.

722 policemen settled in their villages
Under the transfer policy, 722 policemen were given posting in their native village. All settled in the village along with the family. Due to this, the villages which have been vacated due to migration have started returning. The policemen also got their ancestral houses repaired in the village.

Policemen have been posted in Champawat, Bageshwar, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Pithoragarh and Uttarkashi districts. Migration in Uttarakhand is at record level. According to the Migration Commission, 32 lakh people have migrated in the last decade. About three thousand villages have become completely empty here and have become haunted villages. Fewer than 100 people are left in many villages.

Policemen are also doing farming
Policemen who got jobs in their villages have started doing agriculture along with the villages. For example, Sunil Joshi, posted as head constable in Champawat district, earlier lived with his family in the plains. After coming to the village after the transfer policy, he got his ancestral house repaired and got the children admitted in the nearby school. He started farming in his spare time. This increased his income.

Living with family will reduce the stress of policemen
DGP Ashok Kumar said that people from outside did not want to come here after being transferred on administrative grounds. Now only the local people have started settling here. According to Ashok Kumar, Director General of Uttarakhand Police, policemen have been deployed in the tehsil near their village so that they can return to their homes in the morning and evening. Staying with the family is likely to reduce the stress of the policemen.

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