Saturday, November 8, 2014

Disaster Management Teams reviewed

A review programme of Disaster Management Teams and Committees of the Village and Gram Panchayat Level of East District under capacity building programme for disaster management was held here at Janta Bhawan on 04 November. The training was organized by District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) East to review the existing committees and also to form new teams and committees at ward and GPU level in the district.  
Zilla Panchayat Adhakshya, East, Bimal Dabari, the chief guest of the occasion, spoke on the roles and responsibilities of panchayats in disaster management and instructed panchayats to place the tools and kits of disaster management programme at the Gram Panchayat centre so that they can be accessed by villagers.
ADC Development, Dr. AB Karki urged panchayats to submit contact details of new teams and committees to be formed at ward and GPU level to the respective Gram Vikas Adhikaris (GVAs).
Resource Person, Deputy Secretary-cum-State Project Officer, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Prabhakar Rai gave an overview on Disaster Management. He also informed that government schools can be used as relief camps during disasters as per the new government policy.
District Programme Officer, Sonam Wangyal Lepcha urged the participants to embrace bulk SMS system in applying disaster controlling strategy at different levels. He reiterated that teams and committees at ward and GPU level should be formed immediately, so that the basic training programme can be conducted for new members.

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