Gangtok, September 18: Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority (SSDMA) under Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department, Government of Sikkim organized a webinar to commemorate State Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Day in National Informatics Centre (NIC), Gangtok today. The event was organized online duly following the COVID 19 protocol. The Webinar was chaired by Hon’ble Minister for Land Revenue and Disaster Management Department Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha and participated online by Member NDMA Shri Kamal Kishore, Vice Chairman Prof.V.K. Sharma and Prof. Rajib Shaw, Keio University, Japan. The webinar was also attended
by the representatives of State Government departments, District Collectors, NGO’s, Paramilitary’s, Central Government Agencies and Power developers.
The State Relief Commissioner cum Secretary, LR&DMD, Shri P.N. Sherpa, gave a brief description on the activities carried out by SSDMA. The Vice Chairman of Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority, Prof. V.K. Sharma informed about the importance of making the State a Disaster Resilient State. He stressed besides investing in technologies and mitigation interventions, it is also paramount to create awareness among the general masses and the
importance of equal and individual participation to make Sikkim a Disaster Resilient State. He
further highlighted the importance of strengthening the State Emergency Operating Centre (SEOC) and District Emergency Operating Centre (DEOC) on which he is actively pursuing with the Central Government.
Prof. Rajib Shaw, Keio University, Japan on his presentation gave an insight into the “Role of Science and Technology in DRR”.
The presentation was followed by a brief presentation on the importance of “Community based Disaster Risk Reduction in Sikkim”, by Dr Anshu Sharma, Co-Founder, SEEDS, India. A short presentation was presented by the SAI organization, an NGO which is actively involved in disaster management activities in Sikkim.
Hon’ble Minister, Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha highlighted the enhanced preparedness level of the State to manage the effect of the disaster and the Government is actively investing and enhancing the resilience practices in the State. He mentioned that enhanced resilience allows better anticipation of disasters resulting in better planning to reduce disaster losses. Hon’ble Minister further informed on the activities carried out by SSDMA to pave a way towards making Sikkim a Disaster Resilient State. He also informed that the Government has implemented building bye laws concerning earthquake safety which is important for a hilly and earthquake prone State like Sikkim.
He informed that all the State Government Departments are working together in their capacity and expertise towards the goal to make Sikkim a Disaster Resilient State. The Hon’ble Minister also announced one time honorarium to the QRT’s working under SSDMA and District Disaster Management Department (DDMAs) who are actively engaged in COVID 19 duties. He motivated and thanked the officers of all the line departments, NGOs and the participants for their active participation in Disaster Management to make Sikkim a Disaster Resilient State.