Goa govt releases details of disaster management plan implementation

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Panaji: A day after Congress party leader demanded white paper on the Disaster Management in Goa, the State government on Wednesday issued a statement giving out details of the disaster response plan in the coastal state.
Leader of Opposition Yuri Alemao had questioned the efficiency of disaster management cell and had demanded white paper from CM Pramod Sawant.
The state government has said that Goa State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) executes the plan through District Disaster Management Authorities and the line departments.
The government spokesman said that further on to strengthen the disaster related communication support Goa SDMA has implemented a Pan India Project (Extension of Emergency Response Support System [Dial 112] ) for disaster emergencies.
He said that the State Disaster Management Authority is headed by CM Dr Pramod Sawant as the Chairperson Ex-Officio and other officials.
The spokesman said that the DDMAs headed by Collectors of the respective districts as Chairperson, Mayor of CCP in the North and President of Margao Municipal Council in the South along with Chairman of North and South Goa District Zilla Panchayat as Co-Chairpersons, Ex-Officio, Additional Collector of the respective districts as CEO Ex-Officio, SP Police North and South, Director DHS in the North and Medical Superintendent District Hospital South, Director and Deputy Director of Panchayat in North & South respectively, Director and Deputy Director of Municipal Administration in North and South respectively.
“Additionally, all the Deputy Collectors, Mamalatdars, Joint Mamlatdars along with their down lines viz. Awal Karkuns, Circle Inspectors, Talathis etc. are part and parcel of disaster management set up of the State,” he said.
Government has constituted Disaster Management Cells at District and Taluka level along with DEOCs and TEOCs.
Goa SDMA maintains a repository of the resources (Skilled Human Resource, Equipment and Machinery) available with all the line departments and private agencies including Goa Shipyard etc. on the India Disaster Resource Network – IDRN portal administered by both the DDMAs and NIDM at the National Level, he stated.
The Emergency Management Trainings and Mock Drills are conducted by Goa SDMA for emergency handlers at Airport and Seaport authorities in collaboration with NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority) and NDRF (National Disaster Response Force).

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