The chief secretary, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, chaired a session today to review the functioning of the Disaster Management, Relief, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Department (DMRRR) in Jammu and Kashmir.
The meeting was attended by the Administrative Secretary, Disaster Management, Relief, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Department, Executive Director, JKPCC, Commissioner, Aid Organization and affected officials.
The National Disaster Management Authority was notified that under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Management, financial assistance of Rs. 55.85 lakh was granted to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to bring the state disaster management plan into line with the Sendai Framework; Compile data on Sendai framework indicators; Train officials in capacity building; and to coordinate with other bodies for effective disaster risk reduction.
As part of the Aapda Mitra program, 212 volunteers were trained in Srinagar City on a pilot basis, which will be further expanded to 13 other districts of Jammu and Kashmir. To this end, a MoU has been signed with the National Disaster Management Authority, which has received financial support of Rs. 8.80 million. The Chief Secretary urged the department to focus on convergence between the Disaster Management Department and Civil Defense.
The Chief Secretary also stressed the importance of conducting regular mock drills and drills in the districts to raise awareness of various disasters such as floods, earthquakes, landslides, downpours and others. “During the COVID period, a special focus must be placed on e-training modules and certifications in order to strive for better disaster risk reduction and reduction,” said Dr. Mehta.
The chief secretary urged the department to put in place a robust civil protection mechanism by integrating disaster-related information and assistance into the emergency response system (helpline 112).
With regard to the National Seismic Risk Mitigation Program to Reduce Earthquake Vulnerability of Communities and Assets, the Chief Secretary directed priority equipment and infrastructure retrofitting to be completed within one year.
In addition, the Chief Secretary also reviewed progress on the upcoming transit shelter for Kashmiri migrants in the Kashmir Valley under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP). The department has been asked to complete Phase I of the project by June 2022 and Phase II by December 2022.
It was reported that the department had distributed Rs. 11.27 crore as voluntary relief of Rs. 50,000 to the next of kin of the 2,254 victims of COVID-19.
It was also informed that the DMRRR supports 10,364 Kashmiri migrant families and 868 Jammu migrant families and also organizes the Jan Sunvayi and Jan Adhikar camps to register migrant aid workers for various welfare programs.
In addition, a special action for the reception of Kashmiri migrants was organized under the Ayushman Bharat program and a complaint system for problems with real estate / community assets of Kashmiri migrants was recently launched.