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Govt sets targets for utilisation of funds for disaster management

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury

Bhubaneswar, Sep 26:

With funds allocated for disaster management lying unspent at district level, the state government has directed all the management authorities to pool in the unspent amount released to districts during 2010 -11 and ensure that there is 100% utilization of funds released during 2011-12 by this December.

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Presiding over the state executive committee meeting for disaster management, chief secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra directed that the projects proposed under State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) must have a fixed timeline for completion of the work and that must be adhered to without fail. The Committee has approved a revised Rs 6 crore action plan for capacity building which will include strengthening of the Multipurpose Cyclone Shelters (MCS) and Multipurpose Flood Shelters (MFS) and ensuring better shelter facilities during disasters.

The proposal for creating a corpus fund of Rs.5 lakh for each MCS and MFS was also discussed in the meeting. The available data shows the SDRF has around Rs 643cr as corpus fund for 2013-14, which includes contributions from Central government, state government and National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF). Of this more than Rs 88 crore has already been released to different departments and districts during the current year.

It was also decided in the meeting that the danger level at cross sections of different rivers will be redefined in the light of a study on Mahanadi and Bramhani rivers, conducted by ORSAC. It has also been proposed to take up similar studies for river Baitarani and Vansadhara.

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