Deputy Collector to head units
Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran said here on Wednesday that the government had decided to set up special sections under a deputy collector in every collectorate for disaster management.
Addressing a press conference, the Minister said that additional posts of deputy collectors had been created for this in eight districts. The deputy collector (land reforms) would be in charge of disaster management in the remaining districts.
The deputy collectors would coordinate the disaster management efforts in the district, oversee relief operations and school safety clubs and execution of measures for prevention and mitigation of disasters. Administrative sanction had been given for starting clubs in all schools to create awareness among students on disaster management and equip them to face disasters.
The scheme would be inaugurated here on November 12. Schools would be allocated Rs.1,000 to Rs.2,000 for the formation of the clubs.
The total allocation for this (Rs.1.75 crore) would be handed over to the Education Minister at the function.
The prizes for the winners of a quiz competition organised for high school students in connection with International Natural Disaster Mitigation Day would be distributed at the function. Ajay C. Anto and Mathew Jose from Marygiri Government Higher Secondary School, Kannur, had won the first prize.
Mr. Rajendran said the Centre had sanctioned Rs.19.73 crore for drought relief in the State on the basis of the report of the Central team that had visited the State early this year. The State had sought Rs.164.67 crore. It proposed to submit a comprehensive memorandum for assistance to the Centre regarding the losses caused by heavy rain and floods recently.