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Veeri stresses on close synergy between departments for disaster mitigation

Veeri stresses on close synergy between departments for disaster mitigation

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 22: Minister for Revenue, Disaster Manag-ement, Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction Abdul Rehman Veeri today stressed on maintaining close synergy between various departments for disaster mitigation.
The Minister was chairing review meeting of Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (DMRRR) here.
Financial Commissioner (DMRRR), BB Vyas, Financial Commissioner Revenue Lokesh Jha, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Divisional Commi-ssioner Jammu, Commissioner Secretary Revenue, Secretary FC&CAD, Director FC&CAD Jammu, MD HPMC, Special Secretary DMRRR, Director Finance (DMRRR), Director Disaster Management, Relief Commissioner Migrants, DC Migrants were present in the meeting.
Financial Commissioner DMRRR BB Vyas in a detailed power point presentation informed the Minister about the progress of the department in PM’s Development Package for flood assistance, Disaster Management, World Bank funded Jammu-Tawi Flood Recovery Project- (JTFRP), issues related to migrants and Shivratri arrangements.
Under the Prime Minister’s Development package, the Minister was informed that out of Rs 1194.375 crore, Rs 1024.07 crore have been disbursed among flood victims through DBT mode for assistance of severely/partially damaged 73000 Kuchcha houses and 158000 Pucca houses.
The Minister was also informed that requirement of funds of Rs 44.67 crore for 6880 beneficiaries has also been referred to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
Regarding the Disaster Management preparedness, the Minister was informed that Government has initiated the process of setting up of Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) at district level in both divisions.
Veeri was also informed that Fire Safety Audit of major hospitals and Civil Secretariat has been initiated.  The Minister was also apprised that 200 volunteers would be trained in flood disaster response under Aapida Mitr Scheme in Srinagar.
Regarding the safety in schools, Vyas said that schools safety guidelines prepared by NDMA have been conveyed to School Education and Higher Education Departments for implementation.
The meeting was also apprised that process has been initiated for the grant-in-aid under 13th Finance Commission for Capacity Building for Disaster Response.
Regarding the progress of Jhelum Tawi Flood Recovery Project (JTFRP), Veeri was informed that River Morphology study of River Jhelum and River Tawi has been initiated and Terms of Reference (ToR) have also been prepared for Hazard and Vulnerability Assessment with special focus on Urban Seismic Vulnerability.
The meeting was also apprised that World Bank has agreed to execution of projects by JKPCC to an extent of the overall loan amount and 26 projects with aggregate cost of Rs 231 crore.
To provide hassle free modern medical care facilities to the Kashmiri migrants, the Minister was informed that medical insurance policy would be launched with a provision of Rs 5 crore in the Budget.

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