Ladakh secy Amit Sharma advocates for NDRF team in Leh & Kargil before onset of winter

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 Secretary of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Union Territory of Ladakh Amit Sharma on Tuesday advocated for presence of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team in Leh and Kargil before the onset of winter season.

Chairing a meeting on Disaster Management as a follow-up to recent NDMA Mock Exercises and communications sent to Lieutenant Governor by NDMA team, he said “Ensure presence of NDRF team in twin districts of Leh and Kargil before the onset of harsh winter season and continued efforts towards percolating the skills to handle disasters down till the level of Gram Panchayats through Aapda Mitras.”

One of the primary issues which were taken-up and decided during the meeting that, Sharma was for execution of the vision of Lieutenant Governor Brig Dr B.D Mishra (Retd) regarding empowerment of Executive Councillors of LAHDC and KAHDC respectively towards handling future disasters by adding the portfolio of Disaster Management and Relief so that they can play an important role in mitigating disasters and leading relief and reconstruction work during future disasters which may happen in Ladakh.

The Disaster Management Secretary also drew timelines for finalisation of UT Disaster Management Plan, Notification of Incident Command System with designation of officers of respective departments towards handling Disasters, moving a proposal for raising a full-fledged Battalion of UT Disaster Response Force, strengthening Emergency Operations Centre and ERSS, etc in the UT.

He further mentioned that the officers and officials of the department shall be engaged in organising awareness programmes for localised disasters cloudburst, landslide, avalanche management with the help of NDMA in coming days and there shall be regular meetings taken to discuss Action Taken on last meeting minutes.

The meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioners of Leh and Kargil, Deputy Secretary DMRRR Abdul Majid, DSP Sonam from UTDRF, DSP Pradeep Singh, Head Emergency Operations Centre Ladakh, Project Managers of IT/DMRRR amongst others.

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