Highlights challenges faced by JK
Srinagar, Nov 10: A three day World Congress on Disaster Management was held jointly by Government of Andhra Pradesh, Disaster Management Initiatives and Convergence Society (DMICS), Gitam University and others at Vishakhapatnam from 7th to 9th November, 2017 in which experts, speakers and participants from various parts of the world participated.
The experts and speakers from various Government and Private sectors from different countries spoke on the subjects like Flood Risk Management, Resilient Housing and Infrastructure, Resilient Cities, Innovations for Disaster Management, Disaster Management in School Education, Disaster Management in Higher Education, Media and Disasters, Disaster Response, Disaster Relief and Reconstruction, Investing in Disaster Risk Reduction, International and Regional Cooperation for Disaster Management etc.
There was a huge participation from the various States which include officers and experts dealing with various aspects of Disaster Risk Reduction from IIT Roorkee/Mumbai/Patna, Tata Institute Mumbai, Republic of Turkey, NPCI Ltd. Mumbai, NAPSIPAG Bangladesh/Sri Lanka, JNU, ISRO, UN & International Organization, SS University England, IEPC Philippines, BAAD, Israel, International Angelegenheiten, MoERD, MoEWT Puntland, National University Singapore, Gitam University etc.
Dilbag Singh, IPS chaired one of the Plenary Session alongwith O P Singh, IPS DG CISF. In this session capabilities and expertise of the organization like Army, Navy, BSF and Police were highlighted by the panellists from these forces alognwith academicians, business representatives and social activists.
While O P Singh, IPS introduced the topics of the plenary session, Dilbag Singh, IPS summed up the session with his observations on the level of preparedness and the challenges ahead.
He also highlighted the kind of challenges faced by the State of J&K and the need for up-grading the capabilities and expertise of the organizations dealing with them.
He also highlighted the difficulties faced during the floods of 2014 in J&K where gaps between the response and the prevailing situation were highlighted alongwith role of various organizations which participated in the Disaster mitigation and relief & rescue efforts during the floods of 2014 and the Earthquake of 2005.
Singh urged that this kind of brainstorming and expert inputs shall be needed by the State authorities to build its capabilities. (KNS)