Uttarakhand government had to provide a clarification on a social media message, which created panic among the Highlanders who had migrated to big cities. The message stated that the land which has remained barren since the past one decade will be acquired by state government and provided to landless farmers.

The message became viral on social media and was shared in Facebook, Whatsapp and other platforms. As the letter, with text written in typical government format, made people believe that the Uttarakhand government is possibly making this effort to revive deserted villages.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat said, “Since the past few days, efforts are being made to spread baseless rumour regarding state government. It is being said that abandoned land and barren land of the villages will be provided to landless farmers. I would like to clarify that the Uttarakhand government has not taken any such decision and does not have any such plan.”

The Trivendra Rawat government has set up the Uttarakhand Rural Development and Migration Commission and this move is to solve the migration problem of the hill. The commission has recently concluded survey of the migration hit village and is likely to submit its report to the state government next month.

The timing of the message was perfect. Somebody created nuisance by making the post. Most of the people, active on social media, began sharing and commenting on the post. The viral message forced the Uttarakhand government to clarify.