Minimise response time after disaster, says CM

Wednesday, 21 July 2021 | PNS | Dehradun

Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami postponed his planned visit to Kedarnath on Tuesday due to an inclement weather forecast. He chaired a video conference with all district magistrates and other officials concerned regarding the status of disaster preparedness and impact of heavy rains in the state. Seeking detailed information from the district magistrates, Dhami directed them to always remain in the alert mode. In case of any disaster, the focus should be on minimising the response time for rescue and relief works. The people should feel that the authorities are concerned about them, he said.

The chief minister said that the public should not be inconvenienced for redressal of its grievances. Officials should ensure that issues which can be resolved at the Tehsil level are dealt with there while those requiring action at the district level should be resolved there. There should not be any pendency at any level. The procedure for disposal of files should be improved with there being no scope for relaxation in public issues, he stressed.

Dhami said, “All departments concerned and agencies should have complete coordination for disaster management. There should not be any communication gap. Considering the importance of mock drills in disaster management, these should be conducted from time to time. Blocked roads, damaged electricity and water lines should be restored at the earliest. Officials should also ensure that the disaster affected are provided compensation without delay along with secure home, food, drinking water and medicines. The communication network should also be maintained,” he stressed.

Seeking information about relief works done after past disasters, he said that this should also be monitored regularly. There should be no delay in relocation of families to safe locations. Dhami directed the Uttarkashi district magistrate to visit Arakot and resolve the issues of the people there. He also directed that installation of approved Doppler radars in the state should be expedited. He further said that the necessary number of geologists should be appointed.Helicopters deployed for disaster relief should be used so that the general public receives relief at the earliest.

Chief secretary Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, additional chief secretaries Anand Bardhan, Manisha Panwar, director general of police Ashok Kumar, other officials concerned along with officials of NDRF, army BRO, ITBP and others were also present in the meeting. 

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