As the world struggles to come to terms with the shapeshifting Covid-19 virus, the views of the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, become particularly resonant. Writing about the relentless drive to control nature and exploit its resources, he urged a reflection on how nature, through the pandemic, is telling “us to acknowledge with humility our quintessential equality and interdependence.” This is a view that is difficult to disagree with. Many scientists have voiced that the pressure on natural habitats and the decreasing distance between humans and other organisms have rapidly spread such infections and perhaps destroyed earlier immunity.
भारत रूरल लाइवलीहुड्स फाउंडेशन (बीआरएलएफ) की स्थापना भारत सरकार द्वारा एक स्वतंत्र संस्था के रूप में ग्रामीण विकास मंत्रालय के अधीन की गयी थी, जिसका मुख्य उद्देश्य केंद्र व राज्य सरकारों के साथ भागीदारी करते हुए मध्य भारत के आदिवासी क्षेत्रों में आजीविका सृजन करना है।
Mountain springs are a major source of water supply for rural households in the Himalayan region. Of the 5 million springs in India, about 3 million are in the Himalayas[i]. However, spring water supply has increasingly become uncertain in recent times due to several reasons such as impact of climate change and anthropogenic agents such as change in land use, increased demand, and ecological degradation. Some of these change agents impact the rainfall pattern leading to high intensity rainfall with reduced spread. This naturally leads to increased runoff and reduced capture as ground water.
Presenting a short video directed by Surendra Kumar Singh showcasing the COVID-19 relief work in Jharkhand carried out by Vikas Sahyog Kendra with Support from BRLF.