Uttarakhand lacks disaster management plan, CAG warned 2 months ago


New Delhi, June 21 (ANI): Even as recent estimates claim a total of 50,000 people, stranded due to floods in Uttarakhand, were rescued in the ongoing mammoth multi-agency rescue and relief operation with thousands still trapped or missing in the hills, it is now emerging that the state has had no disaster management plan worth its name despite the region being highly disaster prone. A CAG report released as recently as on April 23 this year says that the State Disaster Management Authority, which was formed in October 2007, has never met till date. Nor has it made any “rules, regulations, policies or guidelines”, a preliminary step for the authority to have any functional meaning.

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