Chief Secretary holds monsoon preparedness meet

Gangtok, 04 May (IPR): A meeting was held at the conference hall of the new Secretariat at Tashiling in Gangtok with regard to monsoon preparedness.

Chaired by Chief Secretary, Shri A.K. Shrivastava, the meeting was headed by Chairman, Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority (SSDMA), Professor V.K. Sharma , Special Secretary, Land Revenue & Disaster Management Department, Shri Rinzing Chewang, and Additional Director, LR&DMD, Shri G.C. Khanal.

Heads and representatives of State Government Departments, Armed Forces, Paramilitary Forces, Government of India Agencies and NGOs were in attendance at the preparedness meeting.

The meeting was primarily held to discuss and deliberate upon the problems and preparations in place to tackle possible calamities arising in the State due to the oncoming monsoons. The meeting also focused on the various actions taken on the deliberations of the last monsoon preparedness meeting held in May of 2018.

The CS, in his address, stated that Sikkim is placed strategically in the geographical map of the country. Being blessed with rich natural biodiversity, the State is also prone to natural hazards like heavy monsoons and also falls on a critical seismic zone, and hence, requires alertness from all the disaster relief related departments and organizations.

He applauded that despite these hardships, the concerned officials have been working impressively towards dealing with disasters effectively and encouraged all to continue with their vigilance.

“We all have to maintain and develop concrete documentation for active and correct monitoring and implementation for disaster relief plans and modules,” the CS said.

He further stated that Sikkim is working zealously towards becoming a model state in disaster reduction and solicited co-operation and participation from all towards achieving this distinction.

Chairman, SSDMA, Prof. Sharma, while addressing the officials, reiterated the importance of meetings related to monsoon preparedness and mentioned that Sikkim stands as a splendid example of mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in the country. He said that progressive efforts have put Sikkim on the road towards becoming a Model State in disaster risk reduction.

Prof Sharma shared that the preparedness meeting was an enlightening one and expressed positivity that although natural adversities cannot be averted, the state is fully prepared to deal with any disaster head on.

The heads and representatives of the departments, agencies and organizations presented their respective reports on the action taken on the outcome of the last meeting to the CS and core issues that greatly affect the State during the monsoons were also placed forward for discussions.

The meeting also highlighted the need for a Hospital Safety Plan and a School Safety Plan to be devised and implemented duly. The need of a Safety Audit for schools and hospitals was also taken up positively by those in attendance at the meeting.