Reported By – Kaplianlal Thangluai, Assistant Manager and Eshani Eshani Choudhury, Project Coordinator, Northeast
Dhemaji, Assam : The focus of the meeting, which was attended by representatives of civil society and government institutions, was to review and discuss the existing state disaster management plan in light of the Disaster Management Act and emerging policy recommendations. Explore the possibilities of undertaking joint response initiatives with other humanitarian agencies in the wake of a disaster situation.
Discuss on ways to strengthen coordination with line departments. The Project Officer from District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA),Mr. Lohit Gogoi, discussed about the provisions under the Disaster Management Manual 2015 and the recent GO-NGO Protocol and how this would usher in better collaboration and response in case of an outbreak of disaster like situation. He informed that the NDRF has newly set up its 124 personnel unit stationed in Dhemaji and that government department in the district prepares flood contingency plans each year and at present 12 department has already prepared it.
Representatives of local non profits shared that Government should recognize the human and material resources created by NGOs to cope with flood. Trainings should be imparted to grass-root level Task Forces and Disaster Management Committees through technical agencies and experts. The other need of the hour is to devise innovative means of early warning system and to disseminate knowledge among the masses.
In the course of the meeting, the members came up with few significant recommendations for better functioning of the IAG. A database of the IAG members, along with brief note on the thematic and geographical area of work of the members will be created. Common format for disaster management plan will be developed. Existing community based institutions such as village disaster management committees and task forces will be revived and strengthened.
The representative of the DDMA also assured support of the institution towards strengthening the IAG and scaling up the disaster preparedness and response activities in the district and enhancing the communities’ resilience to recurrent flood situation through hosting IAG Meets and also through organizing district level task forces training by technical agencies.