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May 23, 2020

Kargil: COVID-19 affected income of Chumik Gyartsa village of Zanskar

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In the folds of Ladakh mountain ranges, there are some villages still seeking attention of the rest of the world for basic amenities. Due to scarcity of resources, the hamlets have relocated to greener pastures. However, their fortunes have not changed much. Chumik Gyartsa of Zanskar in Kargil is one such village.
AIR Leh correspondent reports that Chumik Gyartsa in Zanskar region of Kargil district is as far as 750 kilometres away from its District Headquarters Kargil. Village has about 200 population. Villagers depend on undependable agriculture due to extreme cold conditions and Yak produces and its breeding.
Younger generations have explored adventure tourism on Leh-Manali National Highway for their income generation, 8 kilometers away in Serchu. Chumik Gyartsa facing the Leh - Manali Highway has no road, water, power, hospital, school and telecommunications. Around October, as the road closes for winter they are cut off from the rest of the world for next Six months.
Tsewang Nurboo Shinkhan, a retired employee from All India Radio, Leh has been working for the welfare and upliftment of villagers. Mr. Nurboo said, this village was visited by Kushok Bakula Rinpoche in 1950s when Tibetans first settled there before moving to other places in Ladakh region.
In the absence of income from the adventure tourists due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Chumik Gyartsa people are hoping some development and implementation welfare schemes under the newly formed Union Territory Ladakh.  

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