Disaster management remains priority with Chandigarh administration

Y.S.Rana | March 05, 2019 04:29 PM

CHANDIGARH: Disaster Management may be the last thing in the mind of many States but it seems on the priority agenda of Chandigarh Administration if one goes by the indulgence of the Administration to prepare the people for any natural disasters.  From inclusion of disaster management in education to impart training to teachers to deal with exigencies classified as disaster now will train management committees of government and private schools in the city.  

From April next, the education department, Chandigarh has decided to train members of all management committees in government and private schools to meet any natural disasters. It is stated Mr Bikram Rana, State Liasion Officer, NSS Cell Chandigarh. He further revealed that around 1000 teachers of government and private schools have been imparted training in disaster management in batches at Regional Institute of English Sector 32.

He further said that Chandigarh fell under seismic Zone IV and V hence it has become of paramount importance to skill every citizen of Chandigarh to be ready to meet any exigency of natural disaster and education department has taken number of steps to deal with exigencies  classified as disaster. The training is being imparted under the National School Safety programme of the Central Government, he says. Later on, Groups ‘C’ and ‘D’ staff including fourth class employees of government schools would be brought under this training.  The staff trained in this way will further train the students of their respective schools, says he.

The training would be imparted under the guidance of experts from the National Disaster Rapid Force (NDRF), Government of India, New Delhi, deputy commissioner’s disaster management office and experts from the education department. Part of the training would also involve teaching about what to do before, during and after disaster so that damage could be minimized, he said and added that even school staff did not know how to use fire extinguisher.     

The Chandigarh Administration is sending Mr Bikram Rana for further exposure in “Community Based Disaster Risk Management” training programme.  The programme is being organized by the National Institute of Disaster Management at Vishakhapatnam from March 11 to 15.    

While talking to Daily Post, the official of the education department said that the central funds for disaster management were released in installment after physical and financial progress reports were received from the administrative training institutes (ATIs). There is a provision of separate budget provisions of central funds for union territories under demands grants of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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