Impact of forced migration: No village for young men in Uttarakhand

A dilapidated house in Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal district.

Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Kothar appears to be frozen in time. Creepers grow out of cracks on brick walls, small houses with locked doors are on the verge of collapsing, reptiles, not all of them friendly-looking, slither across grassy courtyards in this once-bustling village in Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal district.

There are official statistics to show how much the hills have lagged behind on the development index. The per capita income of Haridwar, a district in the plains, is Rs 1,22,172 but in the northern-most hill district of Uttarkashi, the figure is just ~59,791, according to an India Spend report quoting the 2014-15 Statistical Diary, Uttarakhand.

 

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