State Disaster Management Authority will be strengthened to mitigate disasters: Jagat Singh Negi

While presiding over the review meeting of Himachal Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) here today, Revenue Minister, Jagat Singh Negi said that the State Government was taking necessary steps to deal with possible disasters in the State.

Emphasizing strengthening of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Jagat Singh Negi said that new recruits were being recruited for SDRF in the state. A total of 126 jawans have been provided training by the 7th Battalion of the National Disaster Response Force in Bathinda. After this, these jawans have also been sent to different places for advanced training. They have also been provided with information about the use of updated skills and equipment to provide quick relief to various disasters. A specialized training program will be developed in consultation with the Disaster Management Cell as per the requirements and conditions of the state.

The Revenue Minister said that land has been identified by the SDMA for construction of SDRF battalion building at Palampur in Kangra, Pandoh in Mandi and Katasni in Shimla. He directed to upload the Forest Conservation Act case for land related to Mandi and Shimla on the PARIVESH portal by July 15, 2023. He said that all necessary steps would be taken to mitigate the damage caused during the calamities. He directed the SDMA to be prepared to deal with any eventuality during monsoon.

Principal Secretary Revenue, Onkar Chand Sharma, Director cum Special Secretary Revenue-Disaster Management D.C. Rana, SP (Additional Charge) SDRF Shamsher Singh and other senior officers were also present on this occasion.

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