India has been a favourite destination for migratory birds. However, over the past few years, their numbers have been reducing because of poaching, wetland pollution and habitat loss.
Little Rann of Kutch hosts about 300 critically endangered species of migratory birds each year. The desert which houses several rare mammals is suffering from drought for several years. The government has released the water from a river in the desert for the benefit of these animals and birds. However, the numbers are declining irrespective of that.
Little Rann of Kutch is the source of 25% of country’s salt production. The salt pan workers who live in the ran for about 8 months each year to produce crystallised sea salt are constant residents of the rann. These workers who themselves live in a sorry condition, are responsible for providing raw salt to big corporates like Tata, Nirma and Patanjali. The corporates have very little to do for the welfare of these workers or the area in itself.
The state government has been working towards the welfare of the region by ensuring the availability of basic resources. Organisations such as SETU charitable trust are working towards the welfare of these salt pan workers. More involvement from the corporates whose raw materials depend on the area can do wonders for the region.
The corporates can participate in the development of the community by providing them with health coverage and education. It can also provide them with safety equipment to work in the harsh conditions of the desert. The corporates can also reduce incidents of illegal poaching of the rare species of birds and animals living in the region by keeping a vigil watch through salt pan workers. This way, the inhabitants of the region are also part of the development of the region.
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