With no roads, high dependence on forests, active militant groups etc. the villages in forest areas on the Bhutan border is at the bottom of the pile even among the poorly developed villages in the Bodoland areas. Households subsist on poor agriculture yield from land which belong to the forest and whenever there is a crisis, they go into the forest and cut trees to sell as firewood. This has led to huge depletion of rich forest resources.
The Remote Areas Development Areas programme (as the name suggests) is to focus on development of these “communities living in remote, hard to reach border areas” so that they have development with dignity and the government takes responsibility for their development”.
a. Deosri Development project
With help from "Caring Friends", a giving circle of individual philanthropists, the ant has been carrying out education and other development work in Deosri. We run education centres for children, have strong women’s collectives, give micro-loans to local businesses and also experimented with rain-water harvesting and agriculture.
b. Kuklung Deveopment Project
With joint support support from 'Caring Friends' and Mastek Software Foundation, the ant started setting up kitchen gardens and horticultural plots in the Kuklung, a forest fringe area of the larger Manas National Park. The initiative's main focus was to improve nutritional status and also provide supplementary income to 170 households.