The Indian Himalayan Region is spread across 13 Indian States/Union Territories (namely Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Assam and West Bengal), stretching across 2500 km. Nearly 50 million people reside in this region, which is characterized by a diverse demographic, and versatile economic, environmental, social and political systems.
National Workshop on Spring Revival
A national workshop on spring revival will be organized in 2022 to advance NITI Aayog’s work on the development of the Indian Himalayan region. Central Ministries, State Government agencies, research institutions, NGOs, and other stakeholders will be part of the workshop. It will provide a national platform for sharing best practices on the science, governance, and field-work aspects of spring revival. The workshop will conclude with a roundtable discussion on the way ahead.
Study on Five Thematic Areas by Indian Himalayan Central University Consortium (IHCUC)
The IHCUC has started conducting five studies on the following thematic areas:
- Enumeration and valuation of the economic impact of female labour in the hills
- Agroecology in the Himalayan States, with special emphasis on marketing
- Development of eco-friendly and cost-effective tourism in the hills
- Opportunities of livelihood to check migration from the hills
- Water conservation and harvesting strategies
The funds for the studies have been sanctioned by the Ministry of Education and University Grants Commission. The studies are for a year and are expected to be completed in 2021. The Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) Vertical is constantly reviewing the progress in every thematic area.
Webinar on ‘Agroecology and Market Development in the Indian Himalayan Region’
A webinar on ‘Agroecology and Market Development in the Indian Himalayan Region’ was organised by NITI Aayog, in association with IHCUC, on 25 June 2021. More than one hundred participants, including Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman NITI Aayog, Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, Secretaries to the Government of India, Principal Secretaries, and Secretaries of the 13 Indian Himalayan States and Union Territories, participated in this virtual webinar.