District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Kamrup (M) District and British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata jointly organized a workshop – Working in Collaboration during a Crisis, at a hotel in Guwahati on Friday.
In the inaugural session, Rajib Prakash Baruah, State Project Co-ordinator of Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) who is also the Director, Information and Public Relations, Assam as described the importance of the crisis management with the help of various stakeholders like SDRF, NDRF, police etc during the time of flood, cyclone, landslide, earth quake and other such natural calamities.
He also mentioned the splendid role played by the District Disaster Management Authority, Kamrup Metro during the last rainy season in the city.
“The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) is one of the best agency of its kind in India,” he said quoting the version of the secretary to the Prime Minister of India.
Earlier, Pulak Mahanta, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup (M) and CEO, DDMA in his welcome speech acknowledged the effort of the British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata to jointly organize this workshop.
He apprised the DDMA has constituted the 31 ward level disaster management committee with ward commissioners as chairpersons and other stake holders like police, SDRF, NDRF etc.
He also informed that in the Kamrup Metropolitan district, 1800 teachers have been trained to mitigate any kind or crisis in their respective schools.
Sanjibita Mcdonald Tariang Sen, Vice Consul, British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata said crisis management is one of the important parts of that state to face any kind of calamities like earthquake, flood, cyclone and the likes. She also emphasized on better crisis response and the need of flow of activities like this workshop.
RS Gill, second in command of SDRF in his speech said SDRF has been playing a pivotal role during the crisis in the country since its inception in the year 2006. “SDRF is very much capable of response during disasters like flood, landslide as the level 3 and above disaster,” he said.
The endeavour to organize this crisis workshop is to bridge the gap by bringing together all the key stakeholders who would play an important role in a crisis response in the State with an aim to get to meet key stakeholders and understand their role in a crisis, share best practice and learn from each other’s experience.