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Sikkim CM meets NDMA officers, discusses post disaster management assessment

First Published: 10th December, 2023 16:15 IST

Sector experts shared their findings and proposed remedial measures during the meeting.

Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang met 15-member delegation comprising officers of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and domain experts from various organizations at his official residence, Mintokgang in Sikkim on Sunday.

The delegation, led by Kunal Sathyarthi, Joint Secretary NDMA and escorted by Prabhakar Rai, Director SSDMA along with Rajiv Roka, Additional Director SSDMA, discussed the purpose of NDMA’s involvement, emphasizing their expertise in disaster management. Director SSDMA highlighted the significance of their mission.

Joint Secretary NDMA commended the immediate actions taken by the Government of Sikkim and SSDMA in the recent natural disaster, and the timely evacuation of people from Chungthang and low lying areas along Teesta basin, saving numerous lives. Kunal Sathyarthi also praised SSDMA for conducting regular Mock Drills.
Emphasizing the importance of Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) for Recovery, Reconstruction, and Rehabilitation, JS NDMA stressed the need for the state to conduct a comprehensive assessment.

Sector experts shared their findings and proposed remedial measures during the meeting.

The Chief Minister acknowledged and appreciated these suggestions, expressing gratitude to the entire team for their support in preparing a robust PDNA report. This report is slated for submission to the Government of India, marking a collaborative effort in disaster management.

Taking to X, CM said, “Engaged with officers from NDMA and experts, led by JS NDMA, Shri Kunal Sathyarthi, discussing the Post Disaster Management Assessment. Grateful for the valuable suggestions and appreciate everyone’s support in crafting a comprehensive PDNA report, soon to be submitted to the Govt of India.”

PK Das, Sectoral Expert, applauded the work executed in the field by the communication specialist and emphasised on the safety features to be taken up during the upcoming monsoon. A strong town planning with building bye laws was also highlighted.

Das also recommended for reconstruction of houses following traditional culture and practises emphasising upon people centric approach towards rehabilitation and reconstruction.

CP Mohan, Sectoral Expert, highlighted upon the silt deposit in the farmlands which may affect the cultivation as such suggested for bamboo plantation.

Indranil Bose who looks at the road sector suggested a proper design framework and construction of Jholungey or traditional bamboo bridges at intervals for the purpose of making it convenient for the people to commute.

He also requested the concerned Department to keep provisions in recovery plan for people connectivity.

Vivek reflected upon the livelihood issues with emphasis on Animal Husbandry sector as the Agriculture sector has been totally damaged due to the flash flood. He also suggested for pisciculture practice and extraction of mines or sand and stone quarrying as a revenue resource towards which a Notification is suggested to be issued by the Department of Forest.

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