Government plans to develop robust disaster response mechanism
The deliberations of the two-day regional conference on “Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat” focusing on “Jal Shakti” and “disaster management” ended here today with the adoption of the Sahyog-Sankalp resolution. The farewell session
Posted on 01 Dec. 2019 | Author RK News
The deliberations of the two-day regional conference on ‘Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat’ focusing on ‘Jal Shakti’ and ‘disaster management’ concluded here today with the adoption of the Sahyog-Sankalp resolution.
The farewell session of the Conference was co-chaired by the Lieutenant Governor’s advisers, KK Sharma and Farooq Khan, who also issued the Sahyog-Sankalp resolution (cooperation-declaration) in the presence of Additional Secretary, DARPG, V Srinivas, Deputy Secretary, DARPG, Renu Arora and Secretary, Disaster Management, J&K Government, Pandurang K Pole.
Speaking during the session, Lieutenant Governor’s Advisor KK Sharma said the conference will contribute to the sharing of technical expertise between the two participating regions, which will eventually contribute to the development of infrastructure regarding the Disaster response mechanism in the territory of the Union of J&K.
He asserted that many good practices are adopted by Tamil Nadu in various fields besides disaster management which need to be replicated and adopted for the overall development of J&K. He also urged attendees, especially J&K, to expose themselves to various innovative technologies used in disaster management, as J&K is severely prone to natural disasters.
Councilor Sharma said that under the “Ek Bharat, Shresht Bharat” program, different states have been integrated with each other and various mutual learning programs in the fields of tourism, culture and education have been implemented. been organized. He added that this conference took the next level of knowledge sharing in the areas of administration and governance between the two regions.
Speaking on the occasion, Lieutenant Governor’s Advisor Farooq Khan stressed the importance of sharing real-time information during disasters to minimize loss of property in addition to saving precious lives.
Complementing the DARPG in organizing this conference, Councilor Khan called this initiative a serious effort to deliberate on issues related to disaster management. He felt that the outcome of the conference would be of great help to J&K, as the experience and knowledge gained during the event would help relevant officials and departments to form a better mechanism while also tackling the issues. difficult situations in the future.
Later, the conference unanimously adopted several conference deliberations during the farewell session in the form of a resolution titled Sahyog-Sankalp, which was read by the Secretary, Disaster Management, Government of J&K , Pandurang K Pole on this occasion.
The Conference decided that the Government of India and the participating Governments of Tamil Nadu and the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will work together to:
Promote unity in diversity envisaged in the framework of the “Ek Bharat – Shresht Bharat” program through a better exchange of information in the fields of Jal Shakti and disaster management;
Make concerted efforts to resolve mutual issues in the areas of Jal Shakti and disaster management through enhanced oversight and deep and structured engagement between twin governments.
Hold regional conferences throughout the year, alternately, between twin governments, on mutually agreed topics related to Jal Shakti and disaster management. The first of these conferences will be convened in Chennai in 2020 by the DARPG, where officials from the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will present the progress and achievements made in the areas of Jal Shakti and disaster management.
Share technical expertise in the fields of water harvesting, reduction of water consumption by farms, prevention of urban floods and rejuvenation of rivers;
Work towards long-term commitments in the areas of Jal Shakti and disaster management through Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) between relevant departments of twin governments; and create an environment conducive to learning by sharing best practices and experiences in terms of documentation and dissemination through conference proceedings and special publications of the journal DARPG ‘Minimum Government – Maximum Governance’ on the topics of Jal Shakti and disaster management
Earlier in the morning session on the closing day of the conference, presentations on urban flooding under the themes of flood management, forecasting and early warning, emergency response and flooding operations. NDRF Rescue – Srinagar Floods in 2014 and Chennai Floods in 2015 were presented by various Indian meteorological experts. Department (IMD), National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) highlighting various techniques and mechanisms used by respective agencies when managing post-disaster situations in order to minimize post-disaster damage.
On November 30, the two-day regional conference was inaugurated by the Union Minister of State, PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh in the presence of the Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of J&K, Girish Chandra Murmu and the Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam. .
During the two-day conference, six technical sessions were held on a wide variety of issues, namely rejuvenation of the Cauvery and Jhelum rivers, reduction of water consumption in agriculture, discussion of warriors water, urban flooding, NDRF rescue operations – Srinagar floods in 2014 and Chennai floods in 2015.
As part of the Conference, several interactive sessions were organized in each module to allow participants to better understand the different topics covered in the program.