Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio on Saturday called for a state-wide ‘mass social work’ to be carried out across all the districts of the State on April 21, 2018 to ensure clearing of blocked drainages and other public utilities.
Rio announced this at a meeting held at his office chamber, civil secretariat, convened to take stock of the status of the infrastructures and public utilities before the onset of monsoon.
It was stated that District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs) along with all stakeholders such as NGOs, village councils, governmental departments, would undertake mass social work as preventive measures before the onset of monsoon.
During the meeting, some of the agenda discussed were provisioning of central pool of resources from the line departments to be parked at the disposal of DDMAs to be used during any exigencies.
PWD was also directed to complete the construction of bailey bridge at Chathe River before the onset of monsoon.
At the meeting, there was review of status report of infrastructures and public utilities from the line technical departments.
Regarding provision for disaster mitigation fund and also life insurance policies for the SDRF personnel, it was decided that insurance be taken up under the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana.
Earlier, the opening remarks were delivered by chief secretary Temjen Toy, while a presentation was made by Home Commissioner Abhishek Singh.
The meeting was attended by all heads of line departments and technical agencies responsible for maintenance of public utilities.
A Home Department communique had earlier stated such preparedness was necessitated because of the fact that Nagaland had witnessed unfavourable monsoon last year, which caused huge loss to lives and properties in many parts of the State due to increased climate change induced extreme weather.