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Govt frames rules for dealing with disasters

Key depts to devise own DM plans

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Srinagar, July 23: The Jammu and Kashmir government has framed new rules concerning disaster
preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.
One of the top officials of the government said that the effort is aimed to reduce the vulnerability to hazards
and cope with disasters and natural calamities.
The state of Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed some major natural disasters in the past ranging from high
magnitude earthquakes to devastating floods, series of avalanches and landslides.
Nearly one thousand people had died in devastating earthquake of October, 2005 in J&K alone.
The Kulgam snowstorm had consumed about 175 lives besides perishing hundreds of livestock. Ladakh and
Doda Cloudbursts were followed by flash floods, Uri Earthquake, Srinagar floods and incessant rains that
washed away entire sleeping Sadal village in Udhampur are some of the examples that not only shake
everyone but reiterate warning signals asking humans to not to interfere with nature.
It was only last year that Governor N N Vohra had batted strongly for raising of more State Disaster
Response Force (SDRF) battalions for deployment in Jammu, Srinagar and Ladakh regions.
As per the government report, at least 13 districts out of 100 districts in India have been identified as ‘multi
hazard districts’.
According to the Indian Meteorological department, most parts of Kashmir, including Srinagar, come under
the Seismic Zone V, which are highly prone to earthquakes.
Official figures from the Meteorological Department reveal that 140 earthquakes have hit the region since
2009.
The new rules outline the roles to be played by various departments at preparation stage and rescue, relief
and rehabilitation stage.
At the preparation stage, the implementation of Disaster Management plan has to be reviewed and every
year in April and necessary changes modifications have to be incorporated in the plan.
In order to make Disaster Management activities more effective, the key departments would be asked to
devise their own Disaster Management plans concerning to their domain.

At the response and relief stage while the Executive Engineer will supervise flood protection and undertake
measures like laying of sand filled E.C bags, temporary diversions. While, the administrative wing and zonal
Committees will help in motivating people in taking flood prevention/protection and relief and rescue
measures.
On the other hand, the key tasks of Identification and establishment of Community Centres ( Pacca
buildings) to be used as relief /shelter camps done would be by Tehsildar concerned.
Their duty extends to distribution of relief in the form of rations, bedding, utensils etc to the affected
people.
The rules stress that “immediate attendance of the staff deployed for flood duty would be ensured”.
At the recovery stage, the authorities have to strengthen the weak spots and embankments and ensure
proper assessment of flood damage by communicating it to higher authorities.
For instance Chief Medical Officer would come up with disaster management plan to deal with health
related emergencies in the health sector. Likewise separate water and sanitation response plan, relief and
rescue operations plan, flood management plan, public distribution system during emergencies have to be
formulated at the district level by the concerned departments. This shall create synergy effect and benefit
the district in having a comprehensive disaster management strategy.
As per the new rules, “The first flood alert will be sounded by Central Flood Committee Srinagar through its
Member Secretary Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control as soon as the Sangam Gauge touches 18ft.”
(KNS)

 
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Guv admin concerned over slow pace of developmental works

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Srinagar, May 25: Expressing serious concern over the slow pace of developmental works in Jammu and Kashmir, the governor administration has directed the heads of departments to remove the bottlenecks for the execution of the works at the earliest.
Funds worth cores of rupees lapse annually due to its non-utilization in the state.
Despite clear directions for the timely utilization of funds, the developmental works suffer mainly due to the lackadaisical approach of the authorities.
An official document accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveal that the Advisors to Governor, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary to Finance Department, in a meeting with the administrative secretaries, expressed serious concern over the slow pace of developmental works.
“Principal Secretary expressed concern regarding the pace of expenditure during the first month of current financial, primarily due to the Model Code of Conduct. He emphasized the need to catch up with the lost time,” the document reads.
The Advisors directed all the administrative secretaries and deputy commissioners to point out “issues faced by them” in execution of the works in a time-bound manner.
Chief Secretary directed the deputy commissioners to identify causes of delay in the works in consultation with all the departments and resolve the problems.
“All the Advisors stated that allotment of works on nomination was highly undesirable. Principal Secretary Finance stated that such practice defeats the purpose of actual discovery of price and is against norms and canons of financial propriety, and should be strictly avoided,” the document reads.
Officials also pointed out that the bills are not being furnished on time for the incomplete projects. This was viewed seriously by the senior officers and administrative secretaries were requested to own up these works at the earliest.
Sources said the dismal performance under PMDP was also viewed seriously and departments were advised to identify and remove bottlenecks so that works under the project are executed on time.
Principal Secretary, Finance Department, Arun Kumar Mehta, also wrote to the district development commissioners to furnish the yearly district action plans.
“All district development commissioners shall initiate tendering process immediately after the end of model code of conduct to ensure that process is completed before March 31. The annual maintenance contract should be based on the rate of contract as per laid down rules and regulations,” the order reads.

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Kashmir University: Sunday exams as per schedule, Monday’s postponed

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Srinagar, May 25: All Kashmir university examinations to be conducted on Sunday will be held as per the schedule while the examinations scheduled for Monday have been postponed, said an official of university.
“All the examinations scheduled on Sunday will be as per schedule. However, the examinations scheduled on Monday have been postponed and will be held on 29 June now,” Controller Examination, Professor Farooq Mir told The Kashmir Monitor.
“We learnt that due to the internet blockade, students were not able to download their admit cards, so we have rescheduled examinations that were held on Monday,” he said.
Kashmir observed a complete shutdown for two day following the death of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, Chief, Zakir Musa on Friday morning. Authorities had imposed restrictions in various parts of the valley and closed all the educational institution will remain till Sunday.

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Restore administrative seniority as per recruitment rules: DAK to Govt

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Srinagar, May 25: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Saturday welcomed the steps taken by the administrative department of Health and Medical Education (H&ME) department regarding restoration of administrative seniority in health department.
In a statement, DAK spokesperson said the decisions “will instill new energy and confidence among medical officers and consultants.”
“Even though the pace in restoration of administrative seniority is slow, doctors across the state hope that the steps so initiated in last couple of months will be taken to the logical end,” the spokesperson said.
President, DAK, Dr Suhail Naik, as per the spokesperson, said that that the Association has, time and again, demanded the restoration of administrative seniority in health department as per regulations drafted strictly in recruitment rules for appointing such officers.
“In peripheral hospitals it has been observed that it becomes difficult for senior doctors to work under administrative officers, who are junior to them, which leads to indiscipline and unworthy work culture,” Dr Naik was quoted saying by the DAK spokesperson.
The spokesperson said it has been brought into the notice of DAK that some junior doctors “for their vested interests are using their relatives to garner support in front of higher ups so that they can be again re-appointed as administrators in health department.”
“We request the authorities that neither any relative of any doctor nor the general public must influence or interfere in appointing any junior doctor as administrator, this cannot be accepted nor tolerated,” the DAK spokesperson said.
DAK urged Advisor, K Vijay Kumar and Principal Secretary Attal Dullo to further look into the matter and bring some pace in restoration of Administrative Seniority in Health Department as per recruitment rules so that this long pending demand of the doctors is met once for all.

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