Gangtok, Jan 22 (IPR)
Three-day Specialist Dispatch Project on Solid Waste Management and Sanitation programme kicked off today at Gangtok Municipal Corporation (GMC) conference hall. The programme has been organized by GMC in collaboration with Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (J. CLAIR), Singapore and All India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG), New Delhi.
Gangtok Mayor Shakti Singh Choudhary chaired the inaugural session of the programme. The programme had the presence of Deputy Mayor of GMC, LasseyDoma Bhutia, delegates from Japan, Singapore, New Delhi, stakeholders and representatives of different organizations in the State.
Addressing the inaugural session, Mayor Shri Chaudhary welcomed the visiting delegates and said that most of the hilly states are disaster prone and half of the disaster witnessed occur because of man-made activities, which also includes lack of proper waste management system.
The Mayor apprised about Zero Waste Himalayan Policy which is being carried out in Sikkim, where a lot of programmes have been organised in the past to make people aware through campaigns and street plays and it has impacted a lot in the state to reduce waste. He added that it is high time that every member of the society is adequately educated about proper waste management techniques to sustain the clean and green image of Sikkim. He urged the officials and stakeholders to participate fully and make the most of the three-day workshop. The Mayor also thanked all the delegates and specialists from overseas for coming to Sikkim and sharing their vast knowledge and experience.
Under the Specialist Dispatch Project, Japanese local government officials who have knowledge or technical skills in various fields are dispatched to local governments as specialists. These specialists will contribute to improving the quality of local administration, technical expertise, human resources and Knowledge transfer in the overseas local governments.
Resource person, Deputy Director General of AIILSG, Shri Ravi Ranjan Guru spoke about how AIILSG has ventured into rural and tribal capacity building and handling of rural institution of self-governance.
Shri Guru said that AIILSG is an institution which excels in supporting and enhancing local governance by hand holding local bodies. He further mentioned that several capacity building training programmes for urban local body officials were organized in the past for implementing various national sponsored schemes like AMRUT, PMAY, Smart Cities Mission and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Delegate from J. CLAIR, Singapore, Senior Deputy Director Shri YamataniKimio shared about how people in Japan come together to reduce the waste without depending on any institution, self-help is taught in most of the schools, so that children can learn and help others from a very young age.
Earlier, delegates from Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (J. CLAIR), Singapore and All India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG), New Delhi called on GMC Mayor, Shakti Singh Chaudhary in his office where the Mayor informed about the various path-breaking environmental initiatives and policies adopted by the state government under the visionary leadership of longest serving Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling. The visiting delegates shared that they were impressed with the state government policies on environment and other innovative activities of GMC on solid waste management.