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J&K vulnerable to disasters
DMP recommendations await implementation
1/12/2018 10:58:33 PM
Ishtiyaq Ahmad
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Jan 12: Despite Jammu and Kashmir being vulnerable to disasters the state Government has failed to take enough measures to deal with any natural calamities.
The state cabinet approved the Disaster Management Plan in July 2015, when late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed headed the state.
The plan was prepared by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai. The government had said that it was an effort to reduce the vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters and natural calamities in a more effective manner.
The government had also said the plan was long overdue as there were lessons to be learnt from the devastating floods of 2014 in terms of real-time rescue missions for timely evacuation of people.
However, even after two years no preventive measures were taken by the government to fight any calamity despite J&K being vulnerable to calamities.
The DMP has stressed for special projects for prevention of disasters. It also called setting up of a mechanism for checking and certification of logistics, equipments, and stores. It also emphasizes for operational check-up of warning system and seasonal preparedness for floods and cyclones. "Nothing such has been done so far," an official said.
According to the disaster management plan report, 13 districts in J&K out of 100 districts in India have been identified as 'multi hazard districts' and has called for pro-active, holistic and comprehensive approach towards disaster risk reduction and management.
An official at the office of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir said that no preventive such measures have been taken by the government against the natural calamities.
"No work has been started for implementation of the DMP and it has been confined to papers," the official said.
He said the government has failed to equip the agencies that could deal with disasters to mitigate sufferings of people at a time when any natural calamity hits the state. Two battalions of auxiliary forces were converted into State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) in 2012. However, the official said that the SDRF was still "ill-equipped" and its forces are not in a position to deal with any emergency at the time of any natural calamity.
"We don't have a proper training centre in Jammu Kashmir nor do we have equipment to make rescue operation during any natural calamity," an official of SDRF said.
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