The Uttarakhand Parivartan Party (UKPP) - directly translated in English as the "Uttarakhand Transformation Party", is the first Green party in India and is registered in the state of Uttarakhand.
UKPP was formed on January 18, 2009 after two years of grassroots deliberations. The party fielded two candidates in the 2009 parliamentary elections and 15 candidates in the 2012 state assembly elections. UKPP is raising awareness about Green politics among the masses, although yet to win representation in government.
The UKPP has an elected body of office bearers headed by its President, Mr. PC Tewari. The main administrative function is the Secretary-General, served by Mr. Prabhat Dhyani.
To create a mass movement in order to make Gairsain, a small town in the hills that integrates different cultural identities within the state, the permanent capital of the state. It is to be noted that Dehradun city was made interim capital against the wishes of the people as they had already decided to have their capital in the Gairsain town in the district of Chamoli. A commission was formed against the wishes of the people to suggest name of the future permanent capital and now the findings of the one-person commission has further angered the people.
To oppose the forced delimitation of the assembly seats as it was against the very spirit of the Indian Constitution.
To demand re-organisation of the blocs in the state. Only the Indian government is empowered to re-organise blocs and they have not been re-organised for last 50 years. It is strange that a new district can be created by the state government but not a new bloc.
To demand re-organisation of the districts in the state on the scientific, geographical, topographical and watershed system congruity basis so that a district remain an integrated administrative unit even during rains and floods.
To demand that each village be given status of a revenue village so that government schemes reach all people and form assemblies in all villages for democratic functioning of at the grassroots level.
To struggle for the formulation of the village government concept with the purpose to put democracy at work and that too at the village level and demolish the myth that only governments can administer.
To demand special category for the forest villages as people living in them have to come across lots of hurdles in their day-to-day life.
To work for the protection and conservation of the ecology and environment and natural heritage including forests, water bodies, agriculture, horticulture, and animal husbandry.
To struggle for land reforms, enhancement of agricultural lands in consonance with the area specific ecology, agreed and categorised integrated redistribution of agricultural and forest lands at one place so that all individual agrarian units have the liberty to grow what they want and not follow the prevalent and atrocious seasonal patterns, people’s easy and uninterrupted access to their natural heritage as they are the natural and first guardians of their heritage in any form.
To ensure women’s rights over agricultural lands and in ancestral properties. Also, to ensure that they be given status of farmers. In the absence of such status, women are denied of the government schemes extended to the men farmers.
To work towards creating a healthy environment for ecologically compatible industries, industrial growth and strengthen employer-employee relationship for the common good.
To promote horticulture-based environment friendly cottage industry especially in the hilly regions.
To oppose big dams as defined by the World Commission on Dams (more than 15 metres in height) and demand for the people’s participation in the construction, maintenance and functioning of the small dams.
To fight for the people displaced due to any project be it a dam or industry and get their proper rehabilitation in place geographically, socially and culturally closer to their native places.
To ensure proper health and treatment facilities even in the remotest of places and campaign for the ’health first’ concept. This is going to be the top most priority of the UKPP.
To strengthen the social, cultural and linguistic aspects so that every community has its own identity along with the state and national identities.
To work towards heightening the academic standards and make education knowledge-based and accessible to all irrespective of their caste, creed, faith or gender rather than run-of-the-mill system. Also, to ensure primary education in the mother tongue only.
To save all languages, dialects, scripts, cultural traditions etc., in order to allow people to enriched with their heritage.
To ensure that the marginalised, deprived, oppressed and suppressed communities such as Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Adivasis, backward categories of people hill people, workers in the unorganised sectors, daily wage earners, agricultural labourers, and other poor people etc., are empowered to enjoy their political, social, cultural, economic and other rights as human beings.
To promote eco-friendly, knowledge-based and healthy tourism and discourage those tourists who have no respect for the local ethos and cultural practices and sensitivity towards ecology and environment.
To promote symbiotic relationship between the human and their environment and ensure access of people to the sanctuaries and biosphere regions for their daily dependence on the natural heritage for their very survival and at the same time ensure that ecology and environment are not threatened.
To promote eco-friendly public transportation system and discourage use of private vehicles as far as possible.
To ensure an excise policy that takes care of the most affected groups such as women and children. Also to ensure that spirits are sold by the government agencies only so that liquor Mafiosi is discouraged.
To ensure right to food, water, shelter and employment to all irrespective of caste, creed, colour, faith, ethnicity and gender.
To strengthen the cooperative movement in different sectors so that the fruits of prosperity are shared equally by all.
To ensure transparency in the spheres such as political, social, and economic and in the organisations of all sorts such as NGOs and VSOs.
To promote responsive and accountable media regime and encourage media to be impartial and free from all biases.
To work towards making the judiciary at all levels accountable.
To ensure that the institution of fair and free ombudsman (Lokpal) is institutionalised and strengthened.
To form a state level human rights commission to ensure that all cases of human rights violation are looked into independent of any pressure or prejudice.
To form commissions to take care of the marginalised groups such as Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Adivasis without ST status, workers of all unorganised sectors including industry and agriculture, old people, differently-abled and disabled.
To ensure political rights to the government and public sector employees. If they can vote for a particular political party, they can take part in the activities of the political parties of their choice.
To ensure welfare of about half-a-million ex-soldiers of armies and para-military forces and engage them in appropriate re-employment.
To formulate a comprehensive sports policy wherein all sections of society are represented in the various sports.
Youth bodies at state, district and bloc levels.
Student bodies (Uttarakhand Chhatra Sangathan) in all colleges of the state. There are some 8 to 10 universities in the state and several other institutes of importance. Several dozen colleges are affiliated to some of these universities.
Mass organisations of the marginalised communities and sections such as Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backwad people, minority communities, workers of all unorganised and organised sector, agricultural and construction labourers, daily wage earners, temporary employees in the government and other organisations, migrant labourers, displaced and uprooted people, etc.
Support Groups: UKPP is also building its Support Groups in several big cities of the country, especially where migrants of the state reside.
We have our HQ based at Dehradun and have local offices in Dehradun and Almora. Other improvised offices are run by the office bearers from their residence.
UKPP is of the view that ecology and the environment have the symbiotic relationship with all living beings including the humans. Therefore, one need not think of ecology and environment in isolation. Some five-six years back, the party succeeded in getting 56 Dam-projects cancelled in the state through a PIL in the High Court of the state. UKPP has been concertedly opposing big dams, land grabs, illegal mining of the rivers, deforestation, illegal constructions on the river-banks, etc. The party favours the indigenous and tribal people, minorities and other marginalised sections of society.
Another PIL of the party resulted in the formation of the Commission for Children in the state. A few years back, the party was able to get a big piece of the government land back which was illegally grabbed by a senior government official. The party launched a campaign for the dignity of labour which resulted in several people from the labour force joining the party. The campaign succeeded in having some impact on the government. The party supported the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the 2013 Delhi Assembly election. AAP formed its first government in Delhi that year.
UKPP launched a popular movement for common health facilities to all – whether rich or poor in 2013. UKPP favours common education system for all – rich or poor and have been campaigning for the same for several years.
In 2015, the party led a movement against the Stone Crushers in the state and succeeded in getting closed two stone crushers at a place called Veerpur-Lachchhi in Nainital district of the state. This place is largely inhabited by the indigenous people. The Stone Crushing machines not only polluted the local environment, the round-the-clock movement of the ferrying trucks also disturbed the normal life of the indigenous people in the area.
The movement led to ban on the Stone Crushers but at a cost! The UKPP Secretary-General, Prabhat Dhyani, and a prominent local journalist were attacked by the henchmen of the owners. Mr. Dhyani got fractures on his hands and was hospitalised. The party has been campaigning against the illegal land grab in Nanisar, a small place in the district of Almora. The government has framed cases against 381 people including the villagers. 12 people were put behind the bar including the party president and deputy convener of the Women’s Organisation of the party. The campaign has been led by our party president. Now, we have filed a PIL in the High Court of the state asking for the cancellation of the illegal land deal. Back home, we are still busy in this campaing, even as a campaign called “Parivartan Yatra” is continuing for the political and social change in the state.
The party is poised to achieve the target of 50 percent reservation at all levels – be it the party organisation or the government led by the party. So far, since its inception, the party has contested all national and state election; but has never got its candidates elected. In fact, the party has not crossed the one-percent vote mark yet. Now, we are gearing up for the Assembly election in January 2017 and we need your support – support in every sense of the word -- to win that election!
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Uttarakhand is the 27th state of India which was created out of the state of Uttar Pradesh on 9th of November 2000 after a concerted Movement by its people. Women played a key role in this Movement. Uttarakhand is situated in the Central Himalaya bordering the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Internationally, Uttarakhand has borders with Tibet and Nepal. With more than 53 thousand square km area, Uttarakhand ranks as the 19th largest state in the country. Population-wise, Uttarakhand is the 20th biggest state in India. The Interim Capital is located at Dehradun, which falls in the Garhwal Region of the state. Uttarakhand has a Unicameral House with 71 seats, one of these seats is reserved for a member of Christian minority. The literacy rate is about 80 percent and Sex Ratio is 963 women per 1000 men. The major languages spoken in the state are: Garhwali, Kumaoni, Jaunsari, Hindi, Nepali, Punjabi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Bengali, English and several dialects spoken by the mountain and tribal peoples. Though the state was created in the year 2000, the people still feel marginalised and neglected due to domination of the non-hill communities in the state.
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