Meeting on Monsoon Preparedness conducted in West Sikkim

Gyalshing, 1st July, 2020 (IPR): The District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) meeting on Monsoon Preparedness was conducted at the Conference Hall, West District Zilla Panchayat Bhawan, Gyalshing. The Meeting was chaired by Shri. Karma R. Bonpo, DC West accompanied by Shri. Tashi Wangyal, SP West; Shri. Tushar G. Nikhare, ADC (W); Shri. Karma L. Lepcha, ADC (W); Shri. Tshering T. Bhutia, SDM (Gyalshing). The meeting was also attended by Mr. R.N Mishra, Commandant 36Bn SSB , Mr. S.K Awadhiya, Commandant 72 Bn SSB along with SDMs, BDOs, DPOs ,Nodal officers from all line Departments and representatives from NHPC, Shiga Energy and NTPC.

The objective of the meeting was to bring all the stakeholders together to strengthen and streamline the administrative response for an effective disaster preparedness initiative at the district level.
DC West in his address to the gathering on the importance of conducting such preparedness meeting on Disaster Management with regards to ensuing monsoon. He urged the respective line departments and central agencies to be fully prepared for any natural disaster that may occur due to the ensuing monsoon. He also stressed on the importance of making a disaster management plan for all the department, DC touched upon the need to prepare a disaster management plan for those departments who haven’t prepared disaster management plan yet. He highlighted that disasters are unpredictable and hence urged the participants to be seriously prepared for any forth coming disaster.
He also mentioned that all departments need to submit the damage assessment report due to the recent rains in the district at their earliest. He stated that all department need to take preventive measures to avert any future disasters. He also directed the Power Projects in the district to take proper SOPs and their safety measures are to be checked by the concerned SDMs. He further stressed on the designation of relief camps for Tsong area in Yuksam which needs to be set up as soon as possible which will be under the purview of the SDM Yuksam.
He directed the Roads Department to make assessments of all Fair Weather Roads (FWR) in the district and review them at the earliest. These roads can cause potential harm to the public. Therefore, protection walls and preventive measures needs to be carried out. Further all the District Line Officials were directed to remain on high alert since the monsoons are disastrous period in the West District. DCSO was instructed to stock supplies of food grains along with buffer stock for food grains to be kept at Storage facilities where at least 3 months rations should be stocked for far off villages in case of any hindrance of vehicular movement. Relief centers to be designated with rations available for the victims in case of occurrence of natural calamities. Criticalities of various departments discussed.
SP West also provided valuable inputs and placed positive feedback and suggestions during the meeting. He mentioned that the West Sikkim Police is working on the road safety and urged all department to work in coordination with them in the coming days. He also stressed on the importance of road signs and barricades which are life savers for the drivers.
ADC (W) Tushar G. Nikhare took detailed stock of the equipment and preparedness of various line departments and private companies. He also directed all departments to have more participation in regards to Disaster management. He further urged the Roads Department to be a crucial players during such situation and reaction from them is needed. Similarly, he also asked all departments to work in coordination with each other to make the District team efficient during crucial times.
Agriculture and Horticulture department were also advised to make assessment of the crop damages in their concerned areas. They were further directed to visit the areas of crop damages and conduct inspections with the Revenue officials.

Various key issues on disaster mitigation like clearing of clogged drains and jhoras, streamlining water pipelines and water leakages, maintaining inventory lists of equipment, quick clearance of internal roads within the district, restoration of electricity during the ensuing monsoon, assessment and insurance of crops, maintenance of building and housing and dissemination of information were discussed at length.

Later, a meeting regarding the One Family One Job and the selection of 3 members committee was also discussed in the presence of DC West. The meeting was mainly for the HoDs of West District Administration to understand how to sort the different criteria of OFOJ employees in their individual departments. The DC West explained in detail the procedure and the system in which the concerned HoD needs to file the report in order to cross-check the data given to them by the concerned authority regarding the employees.