'State-level Disaster Preparedness Unsatisfactory'

Published: 11th December 2015 03:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th December 2015 03:57 AM   |  A+A-

The Congress MP K V Thomas–led Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has expressed dissatisfaction with the disaster preparedness in the country. The panel said till date only 20 states had shared their state-level disaster management plans with the national Authority. The PAC has asked the Ministry of Home Affairs to talk to other states and union territories that were yet to prepare plans to deal with various kinds of exigencies. Referring to the problem of floods in the country, the panel said an average of 72.25 lakh hectares of land was affected by floods every year, of which 37.89 lakh hectares is cropped area. It urged the MHA to encourage states to establish dam safety organisations to prepare emergency action plans in case of adverse situations. The panel noted that just 14 states had, so far, formed such bodies.


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