Bihar IAS officers donate 1-day salary to help quake victims

Patna: IAS officers in Bihar today donated their one-day salary to help the people hit by a series of quakes and aftreshocks in the state recently.

Secretary of Bihar IAS Association Vivek Singh
Secretary of Bihar IAS Association Vivek Singh

A cheque of Rs 2,65,681 was handed over to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by president of Bihar IAS Association Vijay Prakash and secretary Vivek Singh, an official statement said.

The Chief Minister appreciated their kind gesture and appealed to the officials of other services to follow suit.

Kumar asked them to encourage people to construct earthquake-resistant buildings.

He said the maximum number of casualties occur in the incidents of wall and rooftop collapses during quakes and cited the example of Japan where people build quake-resistant structures to minimise loss to property and life.

58 people were killed in the devastating April 25 tremblor and another 21 in the May 12 quake in different parts of the state.

The Chief Minister had also donated his one-month salary to help affected people.