In a bid to streamline the relief operations in the earthquake affected areas in Nepal and parts of India, the Confederation of Indian Industry, (CII) has started mobilising support from the industry. The industry body has formed ‘India & Nepal Task Force on Earthquake Relief Operations.’ The task force would be chaired by Sanjiv Goenka, former president, CII.
“The task force would coordinate and extend support from the Indian industry towards providing immediate relief to the earthquake affected victims in Nepal and parts of India, specially West Bengal and Bihar”, said Sumit Mazumder, president, CII.
“We are in touch with Indian Embassy in Nepal, Nepalese Embassy in India, External Affairs Ministry in India, the control rooms in India & Nepal and also the affected state governments in India. CII has also started collecting many items including – ready to eat food, water, tarpaulin, biscuits, blankets, tents, essential medicines, etc for immediate relief to the earthquake affected victims in Nepal, Mazumder further added.
The Federation of the Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) have requested CII for help and support of the Indian industry. They have requested CII for some relief items, which we have arranged and are being despatched to Nepal, Mazumder informed.
“After coordinating with various government agencies and local authorities, an interim assessment of the situation has been done and CII shared the urgent essential requirements with its members, requesting them to contribute”, the CII president said.