Ahead of the monsoon, government has strengthened the capacity of early warning systems to deal with disasters and augmented inventory of relief material.

Secretary, Border Management in the Home Ministry, A.K. Mangotra said the annual conference of State relief commissioners and functionaries of State department of disaster management on Tuesday reviewed the status of preparedness for south-west monsoon, 2013.

He said the capacities of early warning systems have been strengthened but there was a need to augment multi-sectoral approach in dealing with disasters.

Mr. Mangotra said an inventory of relief material is being set up at the central-level.

The conference was also informed that the government has started National School Safety Programme in 8,600 schools of 43 districts in 22 States across the country.

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