The meeting of Nodal Officers of different departments of the State Government for preparation/updating of Departmental Disaster Management Plans for the year 2018 was held on 05.05.2018 in conference hall of OSDMA under the Chairmanship of Shri Bishnupada Sethi, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secretary (DM) and Managing Director, OSDMA. Nodal Officers from 30 departments of Government of Odisha, officials from OSDMA and O/o SRC attended the meeting.
Addressing the participants the Managing Director, OSDMA emphasized upon the mandates of the Disaster Management Act-2005 and importance of preparation of departmental disaster management plans. He added that, the departments should prepare their department specific plans as per the need of the hour. He suggested that, Health & Family Welfare should incorporate measures to be taken for snakebites in its plan. Housing and Urban development department should incorporate measures to be taken for urban flooding. RD and H&UD departments should keep the district wise data of inventories of resources as annexure in their respective plans. He also suggested the departments to submit their proposal for capacity building on Disaster Management.
Other department specific important discussions were held in the meeting. Four new departments (Skill Development & Technical Education Department, Tourism Department, Odia Language Literature, Culture Department and Department of Cooperation) will prepare their Departmental DM Plans for the year 2018 as per the direction of State Executive Committee. The departments were requested to prepare/update and submit their respective Disaster Management Plans by 31st of May, 2018.