Harish Rawat's Social Agenda gets major Thrust; Uttarakhand Government Signs far reaching Memorandum of Understanding with The H

CM Harish Rawat Felicitating Mrs. Sweta Rawat
CM Harish Rawat Felicitating Mrs. Sweta Rawat

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MOU marks first step in operationalization of The Hans Foundation’s Uttarakhand ‘Vision 2020’ with a focus on varied development programmes and initiatives across Healthcare, Agriculture, Education, Forest Regeneration, Water & Sanitation, Electrification of Villages and Disability

·         Spearheaded by The Hans Foundation, the programme would possibly bring together a consortium of leading NGO’s including Max India Foundation, Plan International, American India Foundation, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Himmothan (Tata Trust), CBM, Help Age India, CRY, Tata Sustainability Group, Charities Aid Foundation, International Fund for Agriculture Development and the Azim Premji Foundation

Dehradun, Nov 24 (Washington Bangla Radio): Uttarakhand Chief Minister Shri Harish Rawat’s social agenda today received a major forward thrust with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Hans Foundation (THF) to launch a slew of development projects and initiatives across multiple segments including Healthcare & Disability, Agriculture, Education, Forest Regeneration, Water & Sanitation and Electrification of Villages. Being spearheaded by THF in conjunction with the Uttarakhand State Government the program is being developed and personally monitored, from the government’s end, by Harish Rawat himself through a special team handpicked by him for the task.

Commenting on the initiative and its significance to the state, Harish Rawat said: “I have always maintained that for a young hill state like ours, growth and sustainable development cannot be attained if inclusive social development is not a central element of its growth effort.  At the same time with the increased challenge of raising finances without the ability to develop and exploit mainstream industries like in the flatter regions of the country ensuring overall social development can only happen through active participation of civil society and tons of ingenuity.

“This wide ranging MOU with The Hans Foundation and its consortium of specialist partner NGO’s is exactly the kind of fill-up my government was seeking and am confident this initiative will go a long way in allowing an all around social development of the state. I thank The Hans Foundation and all its associate partners for this commitment of theirs and assure them my personal support and involvement in ensuring that this effort of theirs comes out as a huge success,” added Harish Rawat.

Bhole Ji Maharaj and Mata Mangla Ji
Bhole Ji Maharaj and Mata Mangla Ji

The signing of the MOU also marks the first step in operationalization of THF’s and its partner NGO’s Uttarakhand ‘Vision 2020’. The THF driven NGO consortium for Uttarakhand would possibly include Max India Foundation, Plan International, American India Foundation, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Himmothan (Tata Trust), CBM, Help Age India, CRY, Tata Sustainability Group, Charities Aid Foundation, International Fund for Agriculture Development and the Azim Premji Foundation.

Commenting on the association Sweta Rawat, Co-Founder and Chairperson, The Hans Foundation, said: "Through the workshop we wanted to bring together ike-minded organizations concerned with the state of Uttarakhand to present their approach and share their learnings from the work that they have been doing in the state. The idea is to work towards a strategic, systematic, relevant and engaging collaboration between organizations. Through the joint initiative we aim to create a massive change across Uttarakhand in one of the nation’s most powerful state development programs."

Key Initiatives that are covered under this MOU include:

·         HEALTH CARE AND DISEASE PREVENTION:

    • Primary Health Care
    • Mobile Medical Units
    • MANSI (Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative)
    • Cancer Diagnostic Unit at Haldwani
    • Little Hearts (LH) Program
  • AGRICULTURE:
    • Development of Demonstration Sites
    • Hans Soil Health Card
    • Permaculture Institute

·         EDUCATION:

    • Basic Sanitation and Drinking Water Facilities
    • Improve Quality of Education in Schools - Primary to High Schools
    • Merit Scholarships for Degree Students
    • Provision of Tablet Computers

·         FOREST REGENERATION:

    • Smokeless Chullahs
    • Afforestation

·         WATER AND SANITATION:

    • Drinking Water Schemes
    • Open Defecation Free District (ODFD)
    • Water Filters
  • ELECTRIFICATION OF VILLAGES
  • DISABILITY

o   Support to Institute for Mentally Disabled Children

o   Cochlear Implant Program