Agriculture promoted to stop migration of villagers in Naxal-hit Gumla

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 07:30 hrs

Gumla District in Jharkhand has remained a hub of Naxal activities.

The threat posed by Naxals and economic instability often force villagers to leave their homes and migrate to safer places.

However, a number of government interventions have helped to improve the situation.

In one such effort, villagers of Ghagra, Bishanpur, and Bharno were provided technical support to grow vegetables.

Shubhendu Jha, the Deputy Commissioner of Gumla, says: "Due to absence of industries, people of Gumla have been migrating. To stop this, the authorities have launched various initiatives. We are helping farmers by providing them information about technology involved in agriculture. Thus, we have stopped migration. The adoption of these techniques is not only helping them, but has also reduced their engagement with Naxal activities."

The villagers are happy as they are now earning money and have become self-dependent.

"Earlier, I went to several places for work, but I couldn't get a proper job. I returned here and now I am practicing agriculture. I am growing watermelons, with the help of a check dam. It is beneficial for me and I am getting good profits," said TC, a farmer.

Years of Naxal violence has led to economic backwardness of many areas of Jharkhand.

Unemployed youth in these areas are often misled by Naxals to join their outfits.

The government is leaving no stone unturned to provide better opportunities to youth and help them realise their potential. (ANI)

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