In order to make youth of the state equipped to get jobs in the forest sector and help mitigate the issue of migration of people from hilly region for searching of work opportunities, a National Forest Skill Development Centre has been initiated.
Union Forest and Environment minister Prakash Javadekar said, “It is one of a kind institution in the whole country where youth from all over India can converge and get skill development training. It will help them get employment in the forest sector and rein in large scale migration from the hill in search of livelihood.” The migration of people in search of opportunity from the region has been a major problem for the previous Uttarakhand governments. Adding to the plight, this year the devastating forest fires in the Uttarakhand this season has increased the losses of the people in the region. The environment minister Javdekar has asked his team to submit a detailed report about the forest blaze and analyze the damage caused by it in the next 15 days.
Along with the NFSDC, the Govind Ballabh Pant National Himalayan Environment Institution will also be upgraded as National Centre for Himalayan Ecology. It would be responsible for conducting research and study in the field of ecology of the region and come up with disaster management skills in times of crisis. For the upgradation purposes, the state government has provided Rs. 24 Crore.
Talking about the land clearances, which were proving roadblocks for the development of small rural roads, the minister has said that a total of 318 such cases has been already dealt with by making more than 40 hectares of land localized.