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NGO coordination centres to be set up in 7 districts

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Bhubaneswar, Oct 16:

Following Cyclone Phailin and the floods triggered by it, Odisha government on Tuesday decided to set up NGO coordination centres in seven districts badly affected by the twin calamities.
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The NGOs will work on the ground with volunteers and other materials in close coordination with the district administration, official sources said.

Government officers and members of NGOs platform, Odisha Phailin Response Forum, today deliberated on areas of mutual cooperation to reach out to people in cyclone and flood ravaged districts.

Additional Chief Secretary Upendranath Behera represented government in the meeting.

“The meeting unanimously resolved to immediately set up NGO coordination centres in seven worst cyclone and flood affected districts,” said Jagadanada of CYSD, a leading NGO.

NGOs offered help in disinfecting potable water to control spread of waterborne diseases with immediate effect and restarting the agricultural cycle to enable people to produce early leafy vegetables as a measure for livelihood.

Since restoration of power infrastructure could take a long time, especially in Ganjam district, NGO representatives sought more solar lights for the affected people.

During the discussion, NGOs suggested a social housing movement where making of bricks and other house building materials can be included under MGNREGS work to facilitate house building at cheaper rates.

“With pucca houses the key to protection of life and property during natural calamity, the NGOs advocated to take forward innovative affordable housing for all,” said M Amin of Adhikar.

Representative of UNDP also attended the meeting. (PTI)