Lok Sabha Member of Sikkim Prem Das Rai today announced that the state government was preparing an umbrella legislation for the implementation of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the state.
This path-breaking law will be called "Well Being of Generations Act" and it is in the final stages of preparation, the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) MP said.
"Sikkim would be the first state in India to enact such a legislation for implementation of 169 targets set under 17 MDGs which practically cover all aspects of human development," Rai said.
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There will be several subordinate legislations, rules and regulations under this law for implementation of SDGs in various sectors including climate change and disaster risk reduction.
Rai said Sikkim being climate change hotpsot provided a great opportunity for journalists to report on the subject. All such reporting should be evidence-based and not biased or based on generalisations.
"Journalists can play the role of a watchdog when it comes to reporting impacts of climate change on communities and implementation of adaptation projects on the ground," he said while addressing the valedictory session of the a workshop jointly organised by Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Department of Science and Technology and the Centre for Media Studies, along with the state government.
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