Chamling asks for earthquake resistant infrastructure

19 Sep 2018

At a time when large parts of the State are reeling under the impact of multiple landslides induced by heavy rains, Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan announced that by 2020 Sikkim would be made a model state in disaster management. Speaking on the occasion of the State Disaster Risk Reduction Day in Gangtok on Tuesday, the Chief Minister directed Chief Secretary A. K. Srivastava to oversee that all new infrastructure were made earthquake resistant. Chamling announced that all prominent helpers, NGOs and self-help groups involved in disaster management would be felicitated during Republic Day.
He said Sikkimese people were by nature helpful towards one another. The bond was substantial and community participation during disasters was foremost. He called upon all to enhance resilience and take up sense of ownership. Chamling also stressed on taking preventive measures and carrying out elementary checks so that the end goal was more concrete and fruitful.
He said global warming was the main cause of natural destruction in the world and use of pesticides hamper the environment to a great extent, calling for a ban on pesticides and use of bio-degradable products. Coexistence of people and nature was the main goal, he said, and highlighted about the various environment-friendly policies which the state government had implemented in the state.
The brand “Organic Sikkim” had garnered appreciation and validation throughout the world and he encouraged people to use it to promote the image of the state. He announced disaster management as a subject would be introduced at the primary level from next academic session. He also stressed on the importance of education in disaster management and said that awareness programmes should start from the gram panchayat level.
He urged all stakeholders, students and people in general to make the best use of information and awareness programmes which would help build resilience against the impact of disasters emerging from natural calamities.
Chief Secretary A.K.Shrivastava suggested that since Sikkim was an earthquake-prone area, people must equip themselves to face challenges and difficulties when it came to natural calamities. He said sustainable development initiatives were a must and preparedness, risk reduction and rehabilitation efforts were crucial at times of distress. (EOIC)