Omar underlined the need of a comprehensive and well structured policy for Disaster Management in the State to deal with incidents of natural calamities and disasters appropriately.
“All the necessary requirements of 3Ps (prevention, preparedness and proofing) and 3Rs (rescue, relief and rehabilitation) should be factored in the policy”, he said directing for involving National Disaster Management Institute in this task.
Chairing the first meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority here, the Chief Minister said that experts in the field should be co-opted with the authority to broad base its scope and strategy formulating capacity.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, Minister for Health, Shamlal Sharma, Minister for Medical Education, R. S. Chib, Minister for Revenue, Raman Bhalla, Minister for CAPD, Qamar Ali Akhoon, Minister of State for Tourism, Nasir Aslam Wani, Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal, Financial Commissioner, Pramodh Jain, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Commissioner Secretary Finance, Sudhanshu Pandey, Commissioner Secretary GAD, Mohammad Syed Khan, Commissioner Secretary Revenue, Ajaz Iqbal, Divisional Commissioners, Kashmir, Asgar Samoon, Divisional Commissioners, Jammu, Pawan Kotwal and other senior officers.
The Chief Minister also directed for constituting a trained Task Force to be at the beck and call of the State Disaster Management Authority to attend the eventualities as a vanguard force in the hour of need.
In a PowerPoint presentation the Commissioner Secretary Revenue presented resume of the nomenclature of State level Disaster Management Authority and its branches at the provincial and district levels. He identified the areas requiring attention to strengthen the Authority.
Ajaz Iqbal also briefed the meeting about the annual activities report of the disaster management programme and said that a capacity development programme in disaster management has been formulated under the 13th Finance Commission Award while action plan for urban risk management for capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu and a work plan for three projects under Disaster Risk Reduction Programme for districts of Baramulla, Kupwara and Poonch have also been drawn.