VC, JU for Strengthening Disaster Management Apparatus
JAMMU: One day training programme was organised by IIPA, J&K Regional Branch, Jammu on “Disaster Preparedness with special reference to J&K”. Prof. Mohan.Paul.Singh Ishar, Vice- Chancellor University of Jammu was the chief guest on the occasion. Sh. Pradeep Gupta IAS Divisional Commissioner, Jammu was the guest of honour and Dr. Ashok Bhan, Chairman of IIPA J&K regional Branch presided over the function. Officers nominated by various departments including health, fire & emergency Service, District Administration, Home Guard & civil Defence , Shri Mata Vaisho Devi Shrine Board and Members of IIPA participated in the programme.
Prof Ishar emphasised on the fact that apart from proper training and awareness among general masses, availability of technology, adequate training and communication play a key and critical role in minimizing the adverse affect of natural disasters. He offered the services of University Academia to help government agencies in formulating plans for preparing Disaster Management Schemes.
Shri Pradeep Gupta, IAS Divisional Commissioner, Jammu remarked that there is a need for focus on the National Disaster Management act 2005 which provides funding to deal with natural disasters both at National & State level and also stressed upon the role of awareness address in order to prepare the masses.
The key note was given by Prof. G.M.Bhat, H.O.D. Deptt. of Geology, University of Jammu in which he highlighted the earthquake prone areas of J&K State and threw light on the principles of disaster management and cautioned to take steps to prepare ourselves for future disasters.
Dr. Ashok Bhan, Chairman, IIPA Regional branch stressed on the need for collaborative work to be done by administration and academia to improve governance in general.
This was followed by two Training Sessions in which eminent speakers Mr. Aamir Ali, OSD with Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Prof. S.K.Pandita, University of Jammu, Dr. G.A. Bhat DG Fire & Emergency Services, Dr. Narinder Singh, BMO Akhnoor and Shri Yogender Kaul, IGP, Home Guards and Civil Defence shared valuable information with the participants.
Shri JBS Johar, Hony Secretary IIPA, welcomed the dignitaries and participants on the occasion.
Dr. Renu Nanda, Associate Professor , P.G. Department of Education moved the vote of thanks and conducted the programme.