CAG raps Uttarakhand govt on disaster mitigation

U`khand govt has come under scanner following a new CAG report that slams the state government for its lackadaisical approach towards implementation of important aspects of disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

Dehradun: The Uttarakhand government has
come under scanner following a new CAG report that slams the
state government for its lackadaisical approach towards
implementation of important aspects of disaster prevention,
mitigation and preparedness.

In its new report which was tabled in the state assembly,
the CAG also said that the state disaster management authority
formed in October 207 was virtually non-functional. The state
government also failed to incorporate disaster prevention into
the development process as envisaged in the disaster
management act 2005, it said.

The report went on to add that in the absence of critical
infrastructure such as trauma centres, the affected population
could not be given immediate medical attention.

Assessment of structural and non-structural safety of
school buildings and identification of necessary mitigative
action was not included in the safety programme, leaving 39
per cent of school buildings unattended in the state, it said.

Reliable communication system was inadequate as the delay
in sharing of disaster information ranged from one to more
than 24 hours.

Despite incurring an expenditure of Rs 22.55 crore, the
construction works were left incomplete for want of release of
second installment of funds, while the restoration works
undertaken under the Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) scheme were
delayed by 12 to 24 months.

A total of Rs 41.77 crore was sanctioned from CRF scheme
for inadmissible construction works in gross violation of
norms of the scheme, the CAG report said.

The report also castigated the government for its
failure to rehabilitate 80 villages which had been affected by
various disasters in the past.

PTI

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