By Piyoosh Rautela, The author is Executive Director, Department of Disaster Management, Govt. of Uttarakhand.
Issue - Development Driven Disasters
Date - 16th September 2018
A psychological change and not just rules, regulations and institutions are needed for disaster risk reduction. Voluntary compliance of safety norms can be brought about only through sustained investment and creation of innovative ways of risk communication.
Our obsession with rules, regulations, codes, laws and bye-laws does seem unending and we often refuse to act unless there happens to be one directing us to do so. This has resulted in perhaps the largest and the most comprehensive compendium of written laws in our country. We therefore have a written dictum for everything that we can think of. Despite this, we are not really a law abiding community and manage to find ways and means of bypassing all...