To all State/Regional/Divisional Units:
Contribute liberally for Uttarakhand disaster relief efforts With a feeling of sadness that cannot be expressed in words but can only be felt, we pen a few lines herein below. We know these feelings and words will not be able to recompense lost lives. None can ever imagine Mother Nature can be so furious as She was recently in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh causing loss of precious lives and causing such devastation.
Torrential rains in the mountainous areas flooded the rivers that swept away people - both locals and pilgrims, that uprooted the buildings in the vicinity, that changed the whole landscape of the area.
It is said many have died though there are different estimates about the number and the loss to property has been colossal and many are said to be missing. It is with pride and gratitude, we record the role of Armed Forces, Airforce, ITBP etc., who ventured against all odds to save people caught in the ravaging floods, to flush out the dead bodies and to provide relief supplies to those stranded. We express our deep sympathy to the kith and kin of those who lost their dear ones and we also salute the Brave Hearts who laid down their lives at the call of duty.
The authorities say it may take long to rebuild and to rehabilitate and we know it will besides costing the state exchequer heavily. We, the Insurance Pensioners outside the affected area, owe it as a national duty to help raise resources for relief efforts. Lives lost and properties wiped out and/or damaged will be grim reminder of our sacred duty towards our brethren.
We know Insurance Pensioners, socially conscious as they are, will rise to the occasion and contribute liberally for the noble cause. We call upon pensioners of LIC and GIC to make contributions liberally.
As a token of our commitment, All India Insurance Pensioners’ Association (AIIPA) has remitted Rs.50,000/- and hope our pensioners following this lead will contribute liberally.
Let us hope the Governments at Centre and States will take all precautions to prevent recurrence of such calamities, especially of such a magnitude.