The state of Uttarakhand experienced massive floods and landslides in June 2013, which resulted in significant loss of lives, property and sources of livelihoods.
The Tata group established the "Tata Uttarakhand Programme (TUP)" and reached out to thousands of beneficiaries across the state through relief and medical assistance and has subsequently, established a dedicated programme aimed at long term rehabilitation
interventions in the affected regions.
Livelihoods initiatives, vocational training, drinking water and sanitation projects, reconstruction projects and Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) initiatives have been implemented under the rehabilitation programme in the three worst affected districts of
Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi and Pithoragarh, reaching out to 96 villages.
The livelihoods project includes a range of initiatives under agriculture, livestock and non-farm initiatives and has covered 5,935 households through multiple interventions where 2,010 families have earned an annual income of INR 1.48 crores in 2019. 1414 youth have completed and have been certified for their training through skill development centres run by Tata STRIVE in Chamoli, Pithoragarh
and Rudrapur. 41 Government Schools across 3 districts have been supported with essential school furniture, benefitting over 3,800
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In addition, reconstruction projects of eight schools, a weaving centre and an ambulance each to three disaster prone and affected districts have also been handed over to the Education Department and an NGO respectively. Located in remote locations in three districts, the schools were inaugurated by senior level dignitaries from the various Tata companies who had contributed to the programme.
The Tata group's efforts to provide immediate relief and support with long-term rehabilitation, has helped build community resilience in the aftermath of the floods in Uttarakhand.
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"As a group response to the aftermath of 2013 flash floods, Tata Uttarakhand Program (TUP) worked in close collaboration with the Uttarakhand government and key agencies to provide relief in three worst affected districts. Some of the key areas that Tata group focused on was education and child welfare. Displaced families and collapsed buildings meant that until recently, many Anganwadis' were
not in operation. As many buildings had collapsed, children could not come to school. In 2015, Tata group reconstructed the school with all
the essential facilities - toilets, rugs, water and water filters - everything we would need. We have good number of children in the
Anganwadi now and all the children and their parents are happy with the facilities", says Khushma Upreti, an Anganwadi worker from
Babita Devi lives in Chari, a remote village in Rudraprayag district. Although relatively educated, her
efforts to convince her in-laws to construct a toilet within the premises were in vain. The situation
was rather challenging and meant that Babita had to go for open defecation (OD), either early in the
morning or late at night in the forest, where there is always a risk of animal attacks. Post the
devastating floods of June 2013, Chari, along with eight other villages in Rudraprayag district were
taken up for interventions related to drinking water, sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH). To manage the
programme implementation and to operate the scheme in long run, a village level User Water
Sanitation Sub Committee (UWSSC) was formed., Babita Devi was elected as a member of this
UWSSC. As a member of this committee, Babita underwent various training programmes on WaSH.
After this, she got a sanitation cum bath unit constructed in her house and motivated others in her
village to follow hygienic habits by constructing similar units within their premises. Notably, four
households have followed Babita's advice and have constructed their own sanitation cum bath units.
Babita Devi underwent various training
programmes on WaSH and motivated
other villagers in Rudraprayag to construct
sanitation cum bath unit in their premises.
Mr. Sunil Bhat
The children of Basukedar were forced to study in an extremely hazardous building which was
constructed pre-independence. But this new building has provided them with ample space and
light which creates a better learning environment. I am sure this will motivate and help students
to learn better.
Mr. Sunil Bhat, Head of the village Basukedar said during the inauguration ceremony of
reconstructed school in Basudekar in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand.
Mr. Sunil Bhat, Head of the village
Basukedar at the inaugration of the
newly constructed school