Mr. Dhoom Singh Negi

  • 2018
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Constructive Work

Born: December 30, 1939

Mr. Dhoom Singh Negi, a passionate Sarvodaya Sevak hails from Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. He has been one of the pillars of the people’s environmental movements in Uttarakhand and Himalayas.

Mr. Negi gave up his teaching profession to dedicate his lifetime to the Sarvodaya movement. As the Joint Secretary of Chipko Movement, Mr. Negi sensitized and encouraged the women to be in the forefront and helped formation of Mahila Mangal Dal in the villages. His dedication to the extent of risking his life, advocacy and perseverance led to banning of tree felling above 1000 meters, illegal resin tapping and collection. His Satyagraha has always been to oppose the illegal system, unfair practices and injustice.

Mr. Dhoom Singh encouraged and promoted tree plantation for forest conservation in the Himalayan region. He participated in a 300 days’ Padyatra travelling across Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Nepal to sensitize the government and people about the denuding Himalayan forests, the ecological imbalance and its adverse repercussions. His commitment and noteworthy contribution to fight for the rights of bonded forest labours, mining and deforestation, liquor ban and participation in various forest conservation movements, made Mr. Dhoom Singh Negi a veteran.

Mr. Dhoom Singh Negi is a proactive writer. Being an effective mobiliser and motivator, Mr. Dhoom Singh Negi is a confluence of an activist, sensitive writer, agriculturist, soldier, scientist and a sociologist, who works with an unwavering commitment.