With natural calamity ravaging thousands of crores worth tourism industry, sustainable livelihood seems to be emerging as a major challenge for Uttarakhand people.
Agriculture, fruit processing and cattle rearing could provide sustainable livelihood for the people, many of whom are heavily dependent on the tourism sector, say social workers. Hundreds of people were dead and thousands are still missing in the wake of the devastating floods and landslide in June. Among worst-affected places were Kedarnath and Badrinath, popular pilgrimage centres.
Raghubir Singh Kandwal, secretary of NGO Grass, said most people are looking for livelihood since the tourism sector, the primary revenue source for locals, has been badly hit. Rajinder Singh Negi, who runs a hotel in Guptkashi, said the business has been hit after the calamity.
A recent report by industry body Assocham said that about 1,80,000 could be without employment in Uttarakhand tourism sector in the wake of the disaster.
Full report here Business Standard