SRINAGAR: Civil Society Forum of Kashmir (CSFK) on Sunday accused the state as well as central governments of “deliberately” neglecting the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) saying this is aimed at putting the lives of people of the state at risk.
In a statement issued here, the forum said that “deliberately” rendering the SDRF ill-equipped by government is a grave injustice to the people of J&K.
“The valley of Kashmir is highly volatile to earthquakes and floods. Frequent cases of fire incidences have still not alarmed the state and the central government to fully develop the SDRF in terms of training, equipments and modernisation. During 2014 floods, SDRF was no better than the common public and it continues to lack even the basic equipments which could ensure safety of its own team in operations,” the forum said.
The forum added: “Irony is that funds worth crores of rupees are sent by the Centre for disaster management which either get lapsed or find their way in the pockets of blue-eyed policy makers and officials.”
The CSFK makes a fervent appeal to both state as well as central governments to ensure the upgardation and modernisation of SDRF on all fronts. “The state government must enter into cross disaster management programmes with other states and even outside the country,” the forum said.