Monday, 22 July 2013

A Government with no disaster management setup!

Govt. of Uttrakhand is not having proper Disaster Management setup and seems to be responsible for high death toll due to lack of it’s primarily rescue operation capacity in connection with present severe Disaster of Uttarakhand as a
report released by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) as recently as on April 23, 2013 says that the State Disaster Management Authority that was formed in October 2007 has never met till date.
“Nor has it made any ‘rules, regulations, policies or guidelines’, a preliminary step for the authority to have any functional meaning. The state authorities were virtually non-functional,” the report says.
“The state disaster management plan was under preparation and actionable programmes were not prepared for various disasters,” the report adds.
The CAG report says that no plan was prepared for any early warnings, and the communication system was inadequate.
The CAG report also draws attention to glaring irregularities in the state disaster response fund.
The CAG said that although the Geological Survey of India had identified 101 villages as ‘vulnerable’ in June 2008, the Uttarakhand Government did not take any measures for their rehabilitation till date.
Also,Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat on Friday accepted that Uttarakhand has had no disaster management plan worth its name despite the region being highly disaster prone due to fragile mountains, tectonic activity and climatic events. [From Tuffer, Published on .]

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