Draft guidelines for Disaster Mitigation Fund reviewed

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SRINAGAR: Secretary PHE, I&FC and Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction, Farooq A Shah reviewed draft guidelines for J&K State Disaster Mitigation Fund here on Monday.
It was decided that an action plan for disaster mitigation would be formulated with a corpus of Rs 10 crore. The meeting was informed that the said amount will solely be spent on disaster mitigation.
Farooq Shah directed the officials to organize community-based disaster management programmes and involve local socio-religious committees so that they provide volunteers for training who can become first responders in any kind of disaster. These volunteers will be given training besides basic equipment to be used during disasters, he said.
The meeting was attended by Director Disaster Management Amir Ali, Director Finance and other officers of the department.