Bhubaneswar: Maintaining that Odisha has been a leader in disaster management and is gearing to be a leader in risk-informed development now, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi on Saturday said that changing scale, type and scope of disasters is giving more surprises now.
The SRC, however, said that there is no way that we can ignore risks and yet expect to reduce disaster distresses.
Sethy was addressing at the inaugural session of two-day long State-level consultation on ‘Risk Informed Development’ on Friday.
He said that while weak development choices expose people to disasters, good, risk-informed development makes people and communities more resilient.
The consultation was organised by Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), in collaboration with Inter Agencies Group (IAG) Odisha, UNICEF and Oxfam India with the objective to understand the disaster losses to generate greater commitment and actions reflected in investment decisions to build sustainable communities and a commitment to risk-informed programming to enhance the economic, social, health and cultural resilience of communities and their assets, as well as the environment.
The two days consultation was facilitated by experts from different Government and non- Government organisations.
Former Member of the Board of Revenue Dr Aurobindo Behera, Agriculture Production Commissioner Gagan Dhal, UNICEF’s state head Monica Nelson and Oxfam India regional manager Akshaya Biswal also spoke. The event concluded on Saturday.