The promises with which the NDA came to power in May 2014, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, included the announcement to set up a separate university on the subject of the Himalayas. Although almost all the universities of the country do some research work in the name of Himalayas.
Govind Ballabh Pant Himalaya Environment and Development Institute has been working only on the theme of Himalayas. This institution is one such source, where not only India, but also the complete information about the climate, environment and inhabitants of the Himalayas of South Asia is available.
Under the previous UPA government's Himalayan eco mission program, the GB Pant Himalayan Environment and Development Institute brought out documents including data on the subject of Himalayas, drawing attention to the new model of Himalayan development.
If the central government wants to do something new in the future about the development of the Himalayas, then the manifesto of the Himalayan Bachao Andolan and the document of 'Right direction of mountain development and Himalayan public policy' written by Mahatma Gandhi's disciple Sarla Bahn. Must observe.
The NITI Aayog should constitute a task force, based on these documents, which can determine the right direction of Himalaya development. The Central Government also wanted to do the same by Himalaya University so that a new approach towards Himalayan development could be taken forward.
In Parliament on 11 July 2014, the current Cabinet Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank strongly took the initiative to create a separate ministry with sufficient evidence on the new model of development of the Himalayas. The result of this debate in Parliament was limited to the beauty of the pages of the book. On this subject, the Opposition should rethink in Parliament.
From September 2010, it was decided to celebrate Himalayan Day in Uttarakhand because the governments of the Center and Himalayan states will separately formulate a model of development to prevent the destruction of the Himalayas, keeping in view the geographical, social, cultural condition of the Himalayas.
Social workers, environmentalists, and the general public have sent many suggestion letters to the central government over the last ten years on the issue of protection of people's livelihoods. In which there are signatures of many people, this too should have got the attention of the government.
Now the situation is that whether it is Himalayan Day or other days of the year, the meetings in the name of Himalayas are getting reduced to worry. Representatives of the Chief Minister, Minister and Secretary-level also participate in these meetings. However, in modern development, the standard of construction works for the plains is not being changed even slightly.
As a result, heavy construction work is being done near the glaciers. Millions of rare forest species, biodiversity, etc. are being destroyed. Construction debris has been found on both sides of the rivers. Floods and landslides are not taking name.
The structures of construction work have become so weak that their foundation is shaking. Media and environmental activists are constantly calling attention to these serious problems. Now the Chief Ministers of Himalayan states have started saying this. That is, governments are unable to find a solution to the problem.
Recently, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat told Union Minister Narendra Tomar during a video conferencing that a separate model of development of Himalayan states should be made. Representatives of Himalayan states have been meditating in Mussoorie for the last 2-3 years.
They are also demanding a separate development policy for the Himalayas. When the Chief Minister and the Union Minister are talking about separate ministry for Himalayas, Himalaya policy etc., who will make it?