JK To Have Disaster Management Authority Soon: Azad
30 January 2006
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said a Disaster Management Authority would soon be formed in the state and a bill for the purpose would be introduced in the forthcoming budget session of the state legislature. Addressing a workshop on disaster management here, he said there was an emergent need for such an authority in the state, which witnessed two natural calamities last year. The workshop has been organised by the Central Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) in collaboration with National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) and the State Institute of Management and Public Administration and Rural Development. This is the first of the four such workshops being organised on disaster management in the country. The Chief Minister lauded ARC for selecting Jammu and Kashmir as a venue for holding this workshop as the state was last year hit by two disasters - snow and earthquake. He said though tremendous progress had been made in the field of science and technology, no methodology was yet available to accurately predict the occurrence of such disasters. Awareness and preparedness, besides better means of communication, could, however, be of great help in launching prompt rescue and relief operations to minimise the loss to life and property of the people, he added. Azad said government had constituted crisis management committees at the divisional and district levels. He hoped that the workshop, which was attended by a galaxy of experts and senior government functionaries, would come up with a number of recommendations that could help in better disaster management. In his presidential address, Dr A P Mukherjee said if disasters were not predicted in advance and managed properly, these could negate all development achievements and cause loss to life and property. NIDM Director P G Dhar Chakraborti said Jammu and Kashmir had been selected as a venue of the workshop in view of the october 8 earthquake.