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Taragram Yatra 2010 promotes sustainable development in India

New Delhi, Sep 21 (Calcutta Tube) An initiative to promote sustainable development and encourage an environment-friendly approach in industrial as well as agrarian sectors in both rural and urban areas culminated here Tuesday.

Titled ‘Taragram Yatra 2010‘, the initiative was organised by NGO Development Alternatives and its partners Sep 17-21 at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House.

‘Taragram is one of the greatest rays of hope for the rural people of the country. We hope that our efforts would change and improve their lives as we want them to become masters of their economy,’ Development Alternatives chairperson Ashok Khosla said.

‘We will provide more shelter, water, energy, jobs etc in the rural areas but obviously we need to raise funds. No corporate house has come forward to help us yet,’ he added.

Still, the organisation is getting assistance from many groups and individuals who are more than willing to eradicate poverty, Khosla said.

As many as 35 volunteers belonging to Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh participated in the initiative.

Coming from all walks of life and different age groups, they went to the Development Alternatives Group Sustainability Resource Centre in Bundelkhand Sep 18 and returned Tuesday.

A mix of dialogue and field visits saw top-level practitioners and policy makers from across the world on a common platform exchanging ideas on how to realise a sustainable future, an official said.

It is an annual event that ponders upon relevant issues of sustainability and provides leads for follow-up on policies and action at the local, national and global levels, he added.

The ‘Taragram Declaration 2010’ was also released by All India Congress Committee General Secretary Digvijay Singh and Khosla.

It comprised of key messages emerging from the five-day event on issues and practical solutions on green jobs, green investments and adaptation for livelihood security, relevant to practitioners and policy makers.

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