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In Jan-Feb 2006 GreenEarth anchored a padayatra across Maharashtra on the issue of Drought. I wrote a series of updates during this time. This collections appears here on a blog for the first time..  To just give a flavour of what happened

  • The Padayatra started at dawn from the village kasari in Beed district on the 1st of January 2006..
  • The Padayatris walked 944 kms over 58 days…
  • Over 12,000 people walked in the Padayatra for some time at least.
  • Detailed assessments were undertaken in 48 villages on the Padayatra route and 12 other villages on the route of the parallel Padayatra that was undertaken in Yavatmal.
  • The Padayatris reached over 84,000 people through interactions in 153 villages.

The Padayatra formally ended with a silent walk through Bapu kuti (Sewagram) 11 am on the 28th of February 2006. Over 250 persons participated in the debriefing process at Sewagram on the 28th of February. Listening to the debriefing and reacting to it were some of the most well known luminaries in the development field.

On the next day over 150 people participated in the ‘what next’ planning meeting.

250 people took the oath to eradicate drought on the 2nd of March 2006. The oath was administered by Justice Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari to the drought warriors on the hallowed grounds of the Dikshabhoomi.