About 5-6 villages, nestled about 150 km away from Jammu amid the mountains in Udhampur district, have been growing apples for 4-5 decades. But, they have been using the produce only for local consumption. That is now changing
Researchers and activists working with the tribals and other forest-dwelling communities pooh-pooh Union environment ministry’s recent data on encroachment on the forest land. Unless the Forest Rights Act of 2006 is implemented in both letter and spirit, encroachment will remain a contentious issue.
The story of how women are facing the impact of climate change in the Sundarbans. Alone.
Kullu in Himachal is identified as highly prone to floods. But, the Centre is yet to release required funds for an early warning system. Rising heat, reduced winter chill have wiped off many apple orchards
Tying pregnant women to cots and carrying them to the nearest health centre, lack of sterilised delivery sets and neonatal resuscitation kits, missing mobile medical units and vacant health posts in rural areas. A Gaon Connection report on how villagers in rural parts of the hill state struggle for basic healthcare
Families of the Santhal schedule tribe in Jharkhand are forced to descend into dangerous rat-hole mines to collect mica scrap for livelihood. Often they get buried alive when these illegal mines collapse. Those who survive suffer various health problems including breathing illnesses and even tuberculosis
The fisheries sector provides employment to more than 14 million people. However, these fisherfolk are staring at a gloomy future as livelihoods get affected and unemployment looms
For development projects, like the construction of metros or bullet trains, authorities cut trees and then promise to compensate by planting saplings as many as three or four times for every tree cut. But how many of these saplings actually survive? The reality is hard to digest
For young girls in villages, education is a luxury. But most of them are forced to discontinue their studies even before completing secondary education. Besides safety issues, there are many reasons behind their dropping out. In order to understand the roadblocks, Gaon Connection interviewed many girls in villages in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh
A joint investigation carried out recently by Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti, an NGO, and Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) on the rising pollution in the Sabarmati river revealed that the last 120 kilometers of the river comprises just industrial effluents and sewage