CS seeks cent percent central funding for disaster mitigation

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Apr 13: Chief Secretary, B B Vyas today called for cent percent funding from the Central Government for disaster mitigation in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Government of India has been generously extending financial assistance to the State while implementing projects under ADB loan and World Bank financing with 100% funding. There is a need for similar dispensation to be considered for J&K in the Disaster Management area as well,” Vyas said at a meeting convened through video conferencing by Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), R K Jain with the Chief Secretaries of eight states including Northeast and J&K to discuss the framework of projects conceived to mitigate disasters related to earthquakes.
Secretary NDMA informed the Chief Secretaries that the Government of India is in the process of launching a project to workout strategies to mitigate and risk reduction to the life and property due to the earthquakes and in the first instance, eight states of Northeast, Himachal, Uttarakhand and J&K falling in the seismic zone of IV and V will be taken up for implementing measures and building capacities to deal with these natural calamities due to earthquakes.
Vyas urged the Secretary NDMA that J&K is looking forward for sharing by NDMA of best practices, new knowledge and expertise in the area of disaster mitigation, rural housing, building codes, regulatory framework and other related areas.
He said J&K has a peculiar geo-climatic condition and falls in the Seismic Zone IV and V, and majority of the population is residing in the Zone IV. “Besides, people in J&K live on hillocks and in border areas which have peculiar challenges to be addressed to combat not only manmade disasters but natural calamities like earthquakes, floods and snow tsunamis which position the state in a multi-hazard zone and would require synergy and coordination of various Ministries and Departments for quick and effective response to all the natural and manmade disasters,” he said.
The Chief Secretary further informed the meeting that J&K has set up a separate Department of Disaster Management and has put in place State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) headed by the Chief Minister, two Divisional Disaster Management Author-ities headed by the respective Divisional Commissioners, and 22 District Disaster Manage-ment Authorities to formulate plans, coordinate resources and to build capacities to face the challenges arising due to calamities.
He said Emergency Disaster Response Centres(EDRC) are being set up to deal with the situation in the quickest of the time to save the precious lives and to minimize the damage.


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