Knowledge of Disaster Management should be regularly updated: CM
Shimla, May 31, 2017: Addressing on the concluding function of State Level Conclave on Implementation of Sendai Framework on disaster risk reduction at Shimla today Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh said that engineers especially civil engineers in public and private sector should be trained in disaster management techniques so that comprehensive model could be executed and implemented in urban as well as rural areas of the State.
He said that communities at panchayat level in rural areas and at ward level in urban areas should be mobilized for dissemination of knowledge of possible disaster so that preparedness could be ensured in most of the areas especially thickly populated ones.
He said that the conclave will emerge as useful forum for exchange of ideas and experiences and great help in building systems for preventing, mitigating and managing the disaster. He said that we do not know when disaster will occur but should be better prepared to mitigate it and minimize the losses.
He said that Himachal Pradesh being hilly state was prone to various disasters and apart from fire, floods, landslides is quite vulnerable to earthquake. He said that this conclave would help in establishing multi sectoral and multi disciplinary mechanism for building partnership with involvement of all stakeholders and create a culture of resilience in the State.
The Government has initiated a process to review and update the H.P. Relief Manual in view of disaster relief guidelines. State and district disaster management plans have been prepared in the State in view of any possible disaster.
Special Secretary Revenue and Disaster Management Shri D.D. Sharma said that the objective of State level conclave was resilience action planning and implementing the Sendai framework at the local level.
Additional Chief Secretary Shri Narender Chauhan and Shri G. Padmanabhan Emergency Analyst UNDP, Shri Pradeep Chauhan, Economic Advisor, Statistical Department, Deputy Commissioners, Additional Deputy Commissioners and other senior officers of various departments were also present on the occasion.