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Goyal review state’s preparedness for monsoon, Rs 20 Cr placed with DCs for relief operations

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SHILLONG, MAY 10: Commissioner and Secretary in Charge of Revenue and Disaster Management Sanjay Goyal reviewed the state’s preparedness for the upcoming monsoon season on Friday.

“The normal date for setting in of the monsoons in the state is in the first week of June. We are well prepared in terms of the upcoming monsoon season,” Goyal told reporters after chairing the meeting of the State Level Coordination Committee (SLCC).

It was attended by officials from the different departments – medical, roads, PHE, SDRF, civil defence, IMD, education, besides deputy commissioners, who are in-charge of the relief operations in their respective districts.

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“The main point of discussions and directions were how well we are prepared in terms of the emergency response activities. All the deputy commissioners are holding the district level coordination committee meetings wherein they will again set up the coordination workflow for any kind of eventuality and disaster. They have been directed to do the vulnerability assessment, which they are doing. We have just emphasized upon it that we go by the experience of the past and take appropriate action,” Goyal said.

Stating that the district level disaster management plans have been updated by the deputy commissioners, he said these include resource mapping, what kind of resources available in terms of equipment, in terms of machineries at various locations and whether we are updated on that or not.

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“The list of nodal officers as you are aware due to elections, certain changes had happened in various levels in terms of transfers of the officers. So they have been asked to update the list of nodal departments along with their updated mobile numbers, so that there is a smooth flow of information at all levels,” he added.

Goyal further informed that the Incident Response Systems have always been activated during this time for any kind of emergencies. “In terms of the communication networks, we have asked them (DCs) to update their plans to identify the areas, which are not having communications and maybe take help of the MPRO to ensure the channel of communication is always active.

In regards to the control rooms, the deputy commissioners have set up apart from the state level control room we have, and they have been directed to activate it by 24/7 at least till the time the monsoons are there, maybe till the month of October and September,” he added.

As far as relief operations are concerned, Goyal said almost around Rs 20 crore has been placed with the deputy commissioners to handle any kind of eventuality.

“I would like to add one more thing as reviewed by the chief minister, we have observed that there are certain bottlenecks in terms of the release of the funds to the beneficiaries in the shortest possible time and that has now been taken care of in terms of powers to the deputy commissioners,” he said.

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“I am very happy to inform you that in the past one or two events which cyclonic damage has been done, we were in a position to transfer the money into the accounts of the beneficiaries within 24 to 48 hours, which is a great relief to the public and we have been able to take care of their immediate relief requirement in terms of repairing of their houses and other relief aspects which is as per the norms from the Government of India,” he added.

Meanwhile, 7 persons have died and over 2800 households have been affected due to rain related incidents in the state.

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