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Odisha Sanctions Rs 205 Cr For Capacity Building In Disaster Management For 2020-21

Bhubaneswar: The State Government has sanctioned Rs 205.21 crore towards capacity building in disaster management sector for the year 2020-21. This includes procurement of high-tech collapsed structure search and rescue (CSSR) equipment and quick deponent antenna (QDA) for ODRAF and Fire Service Units; and, the instruments for disaster management training cell.

The decision was taken at the State Executive Committee meeting held over video conferencing today. Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy presided over the meeting and directed to strengthen the disaster fighting arms of the State with hi-tech equipment and innovative training.

Additional Chief Secretary and Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena outlined the technical, financial and administrative contours for discussion. “At present, the Odisha Fire Service is equipped to respond to natural disasters in the State and extend helping hands to other States. The new training and equipment would further sharpen their teeth to deal with different types of disasters,” he said.

Considering the intensity and frequency of natural disasters along with the need for preparedness to face industrial disasters, Tripathy emphasized on proper maintenance and upkeep of the equipments through regular institutional arrangements.

The Chief Secretary complimented the ODRAF and Fire Service Units of Odisha for consistently maintaining a higher standard of service in neighboring states. He also directed to extend contours of Fire Service wing beyond traditional fire fighting and build them up as ‘First Multi-hazard Responders’.

The Disaster Management Training Cell (DMTC) established in Revenue Officers Training Institute (ROTI), Gothapatana has successfully trained 3586 persons from ODRAF, Fire Services, Civil Defense, community level volunteers and others in various modules relating to disaster management, search, rescue and first-aid. The center has also successfully conducted several specialized training courses such as MFR, CSSR, FRB, Rope Rescue, First Aid, EMC, FAMEX and CAP for ODRAF and Fire Service personnel. The new equipment and accessories will be helpful in enhancing the training capacity of the cell, Jena added.

The meeting also reviewed the progress regarding the repair and maintenance of multi-purpose cyclone/flood centers (MCS/MFS) operating at different places. Review showed that so far physical audit of 814 shelters operating in 25 districts was completed. Out of this, the repair and maintenance of 795 shelters in 23 districts with investment of Rs 45 crore was completed.

Among others, Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Additional Chief Secretary Health & Family Welfare Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, DG Police Abhay, Principal Secretary Home Sanjiv Chopra, Principal Secretary Revenue and Disaster Management Bishnupada Sethi, Principal Secretary Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment Dr Saurbh Garg, Principal Secretary Water Resources Surendra Kumar, Principal Secretary Energy Nikunja Bihari Dhal, DG Fire Services Satyajit Mohanty and Executive Director OSDMA Kamal Mishra, attended the meeting.

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