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Swaraj Abhiyan successfully completes Drought Duty project for second year in a row
Swaraj Abhiyan has successfully completed its Drought Duty project for second year in a row.

With an aim to bridge the urban-rural divide and connecting Young India with farmers and rural population of the country, Swaraj Abhiyan has successfully completed its Drought Duty project for the year 2017. 

This was second year in a row that Swaraj Abhiyan, in collaboration with Association of Rural Education and Development Services (Tamil Nadu), Astha Sansthan (Madhya Pradesh) and Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (Rajasthan), organisations that have been working extensively in the rural areas, accomplished the vital cause.

Students from various states ranging from Tamil Nadu to Chhatisgarh and from Madhya Pradesh to Delhi were a part of the one week internship programme.

The two-month long project aimed at bridging the gap between the rural and the urban by providing the urban youth an opportunity to experience the living conditions of families in drought affected rural areas.

As part of the internship, the students took part in activities planned by the partner centres in the drought affected areas. The activities varied from state to state depending upon local requirements. Also, the activities ranged from manual work such as assisting in developing the region to storing rain-water to informative work such as conducting surveys and informing the drought affected people about their rights. The interns are also made to stay with the families living in such areas which further enabled them to experience the impact of drought on the social and living conditions of the affected people.

As a part of the Drought Duty program, interns of various batches also met government officials such as the DMs and BDOs and apprised them of the ground situation, in an attempt to give voice to the sufferings of the general public.

The project was coordinated through Karoor (Tamil Nadu), Bhim (Rajasthan), Sheopur (Madhya Pradesh) and Udaipur (Rajasthan).

"The internship turned to be very unique and very enriching. While earlier my idea of drought was limited to scarcity of water, the internship allowed me to learn about the impact of drought on every aspect of the life of those who are affected by it," said Rajat, an intern of the batch that visited Rajasthan.

"The reason that I choose this internship was that I wanted to know the ground reality of a drought affected area. And doing this internship, I have realised that how disconnected urban people are from the hardships that drought affected people face in rural areas and how much is there that still needs to be done," said Atul, an intern of the batch that visited Madhya Pradesh.

The main motive of the project is to make our future leaders aware of the hardships faced by the under-privileged sections of society with a hope that tomorrow when these young minds will be in positions of authority, policy makers or opinion shapers, they are not oblivious to the hardships faced by the drought affected people living in areas away from the media glare and power centres of the country.

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