Founded in the year 2012, GRK (Gumin Rego Kilaju) is a non government organisation that strives to usher a disciplined and sustainable path of human progress that goes in harmony with nature. It is based in Basar, the headquarters of the Leparada District of Arunachal Pradesh, India. GRK works for the protection of the environment, preservation of traditional & cultural heritage, ecological preservation and in various social and sustainable development fronts.

“A dream is defined as a series of images, thoughts, ideas, emotions, aspirations and sensations that usually occurs involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep”. Everyone has dreams and like any other, we too had dreams, the difference being ours was a voluntary dream where very coincidentally, each one of us dreamt of making our place a better place. We dreamt together for a home where peace, equality and happiness prevailed.

In the process of modern development and urban advances, like anywhere in the world, our villages have also been steadily losing its serene environment, simplicity, innocence, coherent and cooperative values upon which our forefathers had founded the villages. The understanding and the reverence with which people lived with the valuable forests and rivers, wisdom and responsibility, passed on from generations to generations have been fast vanishing with greed and eroding moral values that no longer represent the essence of the villages. Although material progress has advanced, the truth remains that these interior villages of ours were far richer in terms of bonding, positivity and peace. It had been a place which encouraged no grudge, no ego and no ill-spirited rivalry; where, the advice and guidance of the village elders were respected and team endeavour was the essence of life. Be it a marriage programme, construction of house, celebration of festivals, local rituals invoking deity for the wellness of a person, family or village, it was always a team effort that paved the way for success. But of late, these villages have witnessed a lot of change due to the intervention of politics and modernity. The concept of I, Me and Mine has gained dominance over bonhomie and positivity and all the good old practices have taken the back seat. Materialistic importance has overtaken the humanitarian considerations. Somewhere, we the educated members from the village too have become self-centric and indifferent to the situations in the village. Caught up in this melee, we thought, we could come in, together as a group, to reinvent & rejuvenate the village by staying true to all our good old practices but also by embracing the goodness of the modern interventions. Today, in each village we have about 40-50% of households with a Govt/Semi Govt employee, who is also the main bread earners. So, we were driven by the hope that if each employee i/c retired ones along with the enlightened people in the village would come together and take up the responsibility of changing the mindset of one’s own household to begin with, then, it would become easier to motivate the rest. But for this, it was important that we went back to our village; be a part of it, be selfless and most importantly make our good intentions known to them.

With these ideas, we started sharing our opinions amongst a small group, then with employees of Gori & Soi villages living in Itanagar. Once we converged on the ideas and approaches, we went to Basar and put across our concept to the employees serving in different districts in a meeting on 5th Dec’2012. Having unanimous support by all the employees serving in different districts, we sat with all the people of Gori & Soi village on 6th Dec’ 2016 and had a marathon discussion preceded with a power point presentation on our ideas and way forward. We shared our objectives as follows:

Our Objectives

  • Attaining a society which will treat all as equals.

  • To promote education and sporting culture.

  • To conserve flora, fauna and marine lives.

  • To promote cleanliness & sanitation.

  • To change our mindset and outlook and prepare ourselves to attract tourism for a sustainable economy.

  • To encourage conversion of land and water-based resources towards a sustainable income through organic farming, animal husbandry, fishery etc.

  • Taking the society to the concept of we, ours and us.

  • Remaining apolitical, non-profit making and keeping our organization a self-supported organization.

With these ideas, we started our journey with a shared vision for our district in the year 2012. The most gratifying experience has been the adoption of GRK in all the villages of the district. GRK has inspired many other likeminded aspiring communities from other districts like Kurung Kumey, Papum Pare, Lower Siang etc to take up a similar community based approach towards progress.

Activities undertaken by GRK

  • Attaining open defecation free status for Gori & Soi villages, even before the announcement of Government's flagship Swacch Bharat Mission.

  • Earlier, open rearing of pigs did not only caused filthy environment and spread of diseases but also had been a huge problem for kitchen gardeners and farmers in general which were contained by GRK by introducing 100% enclosed rearing. This has resulted in a considerable reduction in illness amongst villagers as per the statistics of the Medical Superintendent of CHC Basar. We have encouraged regulated social services in the villages.

  • Organising dedicated football coaching for under 10 year’s boys and girls through GRK Football Academy.

  • Restriction on the consumption of IMFL in the village for all occasions, which otherwise, is found to be a cause of a menace, both socially and individually.

  • Counselling and organising parent-teacher meet in village schools and felicitating the performing students to encourage competitive education.

  • Restriction on fishing & hunting for ecological balance and growth of biodiversity. GRK encourage the concept of forestation and shifting from Jhum cultivation to eco-friendly cultivation.

  • Observing annual river cleaning, sanitation and plantation programme in the catchment areas of the three rivers at Basar.

  • Workshops on organic cultivation, floriculture, fishery and drug etc. Exposure visit to Mawlynnong, Asia’s cleanest village, floriculture training from Daffodil Floriculture Nursery, Khetri, Jagiroad etc.

  • Organising a Community based tourism festival “Basar Confluence” to harness the tourism potential of the area for Socio economic development and environment protection where showcasing of the tribal art, culture and heritage of the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh takes the centre stage. The entire community of Basar is involved in its organisation. GRK facilitates that the proceeds, whatever from the event are shared amongst the stakeholder’s i.e community and are invested into their upliftment activities.

  • Working in tandem with the District administration in overseeing town beautification, cleanliness drives, mass awareness campaigns, and in fighting the spread of Covid 19 virus.

It’s a long journey ahead of us and we have many more miles to go. By reading this, we can feel, you also have become one of us in this movement, if you were not in already. Let us together spread these ideas further. Because, together we can bring a change, together we can be the change.