Resolution Moved by Dr. Ramesh Pokhrial Nishank MP.
"Having regard to the strategic geographical condition as well as
location of the Himalayan States, which causes landslides, cloudburst,
earthquakes, hailstorms and other natural calamities every year
resulting in huge loss of lives and property and taking into account
the socio-economic backwardness of these States, particularly the
State of Uttarakhand, this House urges upon the Government to form an
independent Union Ministry for Himalayan States, which shall be
responsible for the overall and speedy development of these States and
in particular perform the following functions--
(i) to identify backward areas of Himalayan States and ensure their
overall development and conservation;
(ii) to provide special financial package for development of backward
areas particularly, border areas;
(iii) to take effective measures to check cross border infiltration,
particularly in the State of Uttarakhand; and
(iv) to recommend to the Union Ministries concerned for laying of new
roads and other infrastructural development projects and to strengthen
Railway lines, establishment of hydro power projects, construction of
economy by setting up of industries based on natural resources
available in the Himalayan States to prevent migration."
Seventeen members expressed their view on the subject and justified need for this ministry. Minister has accepted the fact and I hope in near future that this ministry will come in to existence. With this word I withdraw my resolution.
Himalaya Niti Abhiyan Commented on Lok Sabha debate on creation of new Ministry for the development of Himalayan States in same week as follow:
reflecting conventional development aspiration which will harm Himalaya and its people in future. This approach will further dilute the environmental concerns and will enhance disaster, deforestation, flash flood, cloud burst, land slid, erosion, displacement, lose of livelihood and migration. Mega infrastructure projects, Dams, mining, construction of mega Hydro projects and tunnelling will enhance gravity of disasters. Seismological activities may be enhanced and earth quack may cause huge disaster in future. Impact of disaster coming from Himalayan region will affect downstream communities severely.
HNA opinion on this debate
1. Any such Resolution, shall address Himalayan development framework based on Himalayan geo-physical specificity, environmental and livelihoods issues in the light of community conservation which shall generate sustainable livelihoods by considering the stresses and niche of the region.
2. Resolution or bill for Himalayan development framework on these above mentioned bases shall be moved by the government instead of private bill/resolution after detail study, public consultation, addressing various sectors of Himalayan specificity and all local socio-political groups and communities.
3. After addressing the above concerns, the issue of institutional framework or implementation mechanism such as authority or ministry may be discussed later on.