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SRINAGAR: Commissioner Secretary Forest, Environment & Ecology, Saurabh Bhagat today chaired a meeting to review the implementation of State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC).  The meeting was attended by Director Ecology, Environment & Remote Sensing (Nodal Officer, State Climate Change Cell), Om Prakash Sharma, representatives from Rural Development & Panchayats, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Tourism, Health & Medical Education, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Power Development, Forest, and Disaster Management Departments besides Coordinator, State Climate Change Centre-JK.

 The Commissioner Secretary, who is also CEO Climate Change Centre enquired about the ongoing work linked to the actions proposed in the SAPCC so that the synchronization between climate actions and updating of SAPCC can be ensured. The funding mechanism of various climate change related projects was also discussed threadbare. He asked the line departments to submit the project concept notes and DPRs for funding to different agencies involved in Climate Financing.

The meeting was also informed about the workshop on Spring-shed management being conducted jointly by NITI Aayog, Ministry of Science & Technology, ACWADAM and SDC at Srinagar on August 30, 2018The Commissioner Secretary stressed upon the capacity building requirements for nodal officers from line departments implementing SAPCC. He impressed upon the executing agency to keep the Climate Change Cell appraised and updated about the progress of project at all stages.

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PULWAMA/ANANTNAG: In order to oversee the functioning of District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) and the facilities put in place in Pulwama and Anantnag, Secretary Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation, Talat Parvaiz today chaired two meetings at DC Office Complex Pulwama and Dak Bungalow Anantnag.

The meetings were attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner Pulwama (CEO DDMA), Additional Deputy Commissioner Anantnag Shabir Hussain, ADC Awantipora, ADC Tral, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Horticulture officer, SE Hydraulic, Revenue officials, representatives of Civil Defence and SDRF and other District officers.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary said that community plays a vital role in disaster management and its members are always the first responders. He stressed on need for their capacity building and upgrading their skills  by  organizing  workshops cum training programmes so that the community members and other volunteers  can  perform their work efficiently by minimizing the risk.  

He said that disasters pose many challenges to mankind and can be handled only through coordination, cooperation and collaboration among many stakeholders. He emphasized the role of prevention and mitigation in reducing disaster losses. He highlighted the ongoing efforts of Government in disaster risk reduction like preparation of disaster management plan and policy, development of early warning systems, construction of Emergency Operating Centres (EOC) and flood embankments, raising of disaster response forces at district levels and capacity building of communities through continuous training and awareness programme.

He appealed to the stakeholders to prevent “preventable death” caused by disasters and also prepare an action plan for vulnerable communities of societies. As sustainable developments are closely related with better disaster management, he urged all stakeholders to make all development initiatives disaster resilient. He requested the disaster managers to give proper consideration to geo-physical condition of the particular area, while making any action plan for disaster risk reduction.

During meeting, Secretary  also sought department wise   disaster management preparedness  plans in the District. He also announced Rs 50 lakh for purchase of disaster related equipment’s and Rs 10 lakh for upgradation of control room in the district which will work round the clock.

In Anantnag the ADC informed the meeting that District Administration has identified 16 expected Emergency Operation Taskforces/ Incident Response Teams (IRTs) for key response Operation functions, each Headed by an Officer In-charge and supported by other concerned members/organizations. 

He further stated that under capacity building being an integral part of Disaster Management. Awareness Programs and Trainings have been imparted to Officials, other Stakeholders and Community Volunteers to perform their functions in a better manner during a Crisis situation or a Disaster.

The ADC further stated that for meeting any eventuality of disasters, the resources available in the district include 7959 blankets, 55 solar lanterns, cloths for women, 100 tents, 68 boats, private machinery of114 JCBs, 183 Tippers & 801 Tractors. The manpower available is 215 from Home guard, 538 personal from civil defense, 3660 civil defense volunteers & 535 SDRF persons.

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SRINAGAR: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir today appealed people not to indulge in illegal construction activities and encroachments on state and kahcharia land which warrants strict action as per the law.  The Divisional Commissioner made these remarks during a meeting here convened to review the progress of the anti-encroachment drive being held across the division.   

 

The meeting was informed that, so far, various district administrations of the Kashmir division have retrieved 3360.60 kanals of Khacharie and 873.40  kanals of State land from illegal occupants. On the occasion, Khan directed for intensifying anti-encroachment drives across all the districts on a daily basis so that encroachment on roads, National Highway (NH), state and kahcharai lands are removed at an earliest.