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Special Cell in OSDMA for drought management




 State government today decided to manage drought situation in State through the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA).

A high-level OSDMA Governing Body meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi approved a proposal in this regard.

The Chief Secretary directed the officials at the meeting to make drought assessment foolproof, error free and authentic using state of art technology.
Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan advised the officials to further improve the relief mechanism during natural disasters.
Special Relief Commissioner PK Mohapatra told reporters after the meeting that a special Cell will be created in OSDMA to manage drought situation.
The SRC said the meeting discussed about setting up of Automatic Rain Gauges and Automatic Weather Stations at several places in the State in order to activate the drought management system.
“In the first phase nearly 5100 rain gauges and 1015 Weather Stations are planned in State. These machines can provide information about actual rainfall, soil humidity, and the suitable crops in 25sq km area,” he added.
Mohapatra said a 24x7 call centre will function in the Cell to answer farmers’ queries and added the Cell will help in assessment of crop damage and disbursement of crop insurance effectively.
The Governing Body discussed about the upkeep of the cyclone shelters, infrastructure at rehabilitation camps, providing necessary equipment to the cyclone shelters etc.
He said the Chief Secretary directed transfer of the cyclone shelters to the gram panchayats and make sarpanches the presiding officers in the local committees.





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