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Bijapur: Deputy Commissioner S.S. Pattanshetty has underlined the need to train people of the district to protect themselves and the livestock during natural calamities such as earthquake, tsunami, drought and floods.
He was speaking after inaugurating a training programme on “Natural Disaster Management” organised by the Administrative Training Institute of Mysore for district-level officers here on Monday.
Mr. Pattanshetty said that it was essential to create more awareness on ways to manage natural disasters among the people in rural areas in Bijapur district which faces floods and drought often.
Besides deliberating on ways to create awareness among the rural population, the trainees should also focus on the strategies to be used to tackle different situations during natural calamities. “Officers should conduct a detailed survey of villages that have been affected by natural disasters and submit a report on equipment needed to handle natural disasters in the district”, he added
Administrative Training Institute faculty member Dharmaraj spoke on how important it was for State officials to be prepared for any emergency in Bijapur, Bagalkot and Raichur districts because the three districts either face floods or drought every year. “The Administrative Training Institute has studied reasons for natural calamities in these three districts and has decided to provide necessary equipment to people to handle such situations”, he added.
Mr. Dharmaraj said that there are plans to organise several awareness programmes in every village of the district and develop a strong network for quick dissemination of information during emergencies.
The Union Government has decided to provide Rs. 50 lakh to every district to organise training programmes on natural disaster management and the State Government has also promised to extend necessary assistance for the same, he added.
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