People/Manpower issues

CausesSolutions
Poor Education – conduct educational slide shows to motivate villagers about importance of education
villagers still struggling for basic necessties – help them to help themselves
– explore the possibilities of using local villagers, ecology to create a sustainable Economy
No monetory gain – educate the villagers on history of the fort then take them as guides for treks organised with more people
– buy food from local villagers during treks instead of carrying it from city
– help identify opportunities for enterprenuership that help conservation
– guidance for development, self-employment
– talk to people who are influential in the village
– launch schemes such as “grow more trees to more earn”
– do work such that max people get the monetory impact
– plant trees that bear fruits
– do not directly give hugh amounts of money. Instead of money try giving commodities like sugar, wheat
– funds from organizations abroad like BMM in US etc
Ignorance of History – distribute simplified handouts in their local language (Marathi) with pictures if possible that gives correct information of the history of the place (sources of this information should be noted historians like Shri Babasaheb Purandare, Shri Bedekar etc)
– narrate history in groups to villagers who cannot read/write in a dialect that they can understand, whenever the villagers hv free time
– conduct separate history story telling sessions for children. show them pictures. Give them story books & encourage them to take care of these books
– slide shows
– show films/movies on the history of Shivaji Maharaj & the forts
– take periodic breaks b/w the films to explain what happened in case they did not completely follow the dialogues. Tell this to kids. Groom them
slowly introducing to proper history
lack of opportunities locally – considering the historical, geographical, cultural, religious significance of the place tourism can very well be a good alternative for livelihood.
– provide the villagers with the information on the above aspects about the place & then take them as guides on treks organised for more people
– conduct regular treks with more participants to these places to create opportunities for the village guides & thus help establish the tourism industry
ignorance of government policies – distribute handouts to villagers with simplified information on Govt policies (like RTI Act), electricity, water provisions by Govt, facilities for rural areas, health facilities like polio vaccination drives etc
– arrange visits of Govt. officials, forest officers, ASI officiers
– put posters on very useful policies
some place nearby is missed outtrekkers should study before starting conservation activities
networking to find out what facilities are already there and what are the needs.
Give priority to immediate needs of the villagers
enchroachment. Lack of interest by encroached peopleinvolve govt bodies.
Use RTI act effectively
conservation is not his occupationinform them about the benefit of fort conservation
inform them about his part in this activity
inform them the difference conservation and renovation clearly
lack of dignitydemonstrate that everyone must do fort conservation
shynessinvolve villagers in such workshops
keep in touch with the villagers
visit the village just like that also and not only for work
social problems/local politicsuse the agenda of political party for fort conservation if possible
lack of trust and knowledge about working of ASI – have an ASI representative to talk with the villagers & educate them on the Dos & Donts. Thus try to establish a trust bond b/w ASI & villagers which will help the ASI to carry out their responsibilties better. Take guidance from Durg Vikas.
illegal activities – inform govt officals about this. Follow it up. Use RTI act effectively
– public talks/street-plays to unite locals against anti-social elements
– indentify means of raising alarms when any illegal activiity is noticed
villagers not aware about value of the fort – provide them correct information on the historical, geographical, cultural, religious, environmental significance of the Fort & the place thru group talks at a time when they are free & ready to grasp info
– use slideshows, audio-visual films to

make more impact
– distribute handouts, books to children & those who can read & write
– put posters

lack of motivation – start a festival or event celebration
– honour/accolade them for any good work they do in workshops and similar events
– honour/accolade them in their village during a festival
typical attitude or human tendencyslide shows & films
conservation use for me. What is in it for meuse a successful village policy to point out the use of fort conservation
tell them about its importance and use for the villagers
induce dicipline within villagers (NSS example)
involve groups like NSS
only religious significance known, other significance not knowntell the truths, with proper books for reference
using the fort for personal benefit/ selfishnesstry to infuse the long term vision and the harm their current activities will do to that. Take legal action (inform DurgVikas) if dialogue does not work
fealing of threateconomic importance should be shown
provide sources to market village products in the cities
start a village industry
fear of displacement due to developmentfear is generally due to govt polocies
inform them fort conservation will not cause any displacement ad that tourism will help them economically
also keep them aware with importance of cleanliness
degrading diffrentiation with the people coming. Trekkers treating villagers like low peopleawareness within trekkers
fair conduct
simple clothes and accessories should be used
wrong approach of trekkersusing the villagers to get through the current situation should not be done
setting too high expectations from trekkers should be avoided
bad experience with trekkers previouslyinform them that all people are not same
Misunderstandings:
– villagers not aware of work done there by trekkers
– doubt the intentions of those who work
– genuinity should be convinced
– take villagers along
– do not wear/use too expensive looking clothes/accessories
– transperency of work & intention
– build a rapport with the villagers, take them into confidence
too much money given by trekkers resulting in that habitSet the right expectation
fair approach
some superstitious tantriks who has influenced peoplebuild rapport with villagers and use books for awareness
if this is causing encroachment try to involve ASI
myths/superstitions – use this superstions to conserve nature (devrai)
– tell the truths, with proper books for reference
– don’t manipulate history. ask them for historic artifacts which u can photograph & send to ASI to maintain in their records
vested interests by organizations/clashesuse umbrella bodies like Durg Vikas
sense of belonging (villagers, outsiders)Tell them the importance of this place and it is their birth place also.
Envy/competition within villagershandle this with care.
Do not aggravate these differences
involve govt officials if required
no unity for such work or organizationhelp in organizing such groups and chanelizing the efforts of such groups
ensure communication within the group
keep communicating with the group
take care that such groups are not misused
bad habits/culture – try to inculcate good habits
– lead by example
– awareness slideshows
Complaceney of the villagers

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