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State Admin seems non-seriousness for Pre-Disaster Management
SDRF grappling with shortage of manpower by 30%
9/17/2019 10:11:25 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, Sept 17: Even though Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed several natural disaster calamities in the past but the State Administration seems least bothered to take all necessary steps to strengthen pre-disaster preparedness management to deal with any disaster like situation which can be gauged from the fact that State Disaster Response Force has been facing shortage of manpower by 30% resulting inconsistent functioning of the organization.
Sources told Early Times that the State Disaster Response Force has not only been running short of manpower which is around 30% but the available manpower has been deployed at the duties which are not connected with the disaster management.
"The non seriousness of government is obvious from the fact that the Force has not been provided with the mandatory orientation, training and courses which are necessary for them to tackle disaster like situation effectively to save human lives with their prompt action," said sources in the department.
They further said that the State Disaster Management Authority which was established in 2007 has not been fully constituted which is still falling short of its required strengths members which have not been appointed till date due to which the mandatory meetings which are to be held in periodically had met only once till date.
Sources further informed that Disaster Management Act, 2005, provides for continuous and process of planning, organizing, coordinating and implementing measures for prevention of disasters and taking steps to minimize the risk and severity of disaster. It further mentions about to create capacity building and preparedness to deal with any disaster, prompt response to disaster including evacuation, rescue, relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction.
"But it been observed that there are plethora of gaps in establishment and functioning of institutional mechanisms and implementation of policies and in preparing and implementing disaster management plans that would have enabled rapid response to disasters and mitigate their impact on loss of lives and property.
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