DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 3: Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI)’s Governing Council elected former MP of Sikkim and founding member of the organization, PD Rai, as the new President of the organization. He has taken up the position from October 1, 2020 for a 3-year term.
He succeeds Sushil Ramola, who successfully concluded 3 years (2017-2020) of presidency. Priyadarshinee Shrestha, Team Leader at WWF India Sikkim, was elected as the Secretary and Binita Shah, Founder and CEO of Sarg Vikas Samiti Uttarakhand was elected as the Treasurer. Vice presidents elected are Rajendra Dobhal from Uttarakhand and Amba Jamir from Nagaland.
Egam Basar from Arunachal Pradesh has been elected to the post of Joint Secretary.
Speaking on the occasion of the handing over ceremony which took place over video conference on October 1, Ramola spoke about IMI’s inception in 2011 under the guidance of late Dr. RS Tolia and the long way that it has come since inception.
Commenting on the challenges faced by civil society organizations today, he added that, “Today we are all fighting different battles – climate change, COVID-19, politics of intolerance, and nobody has the answers. There are also issues of water security, livelihoods, DRR and so forth. IMI, as a civil society platform, needs to continue to bring people together to fulfil IMI’s vision of ‘Making India Proud of our mountains’ and realise the potential of our mountain regions. There is no better time and no greater challenges than now for the development of our mountain regions.”
Remembering late Dr. RS Tolia who passed away in December 2016, PD Rai thanked the 3 Presidents of IMI, who have preceded him, for leading the organization to where it stands today.
(Page News Service)