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Advanced Technology & Scientific Approach Needed to Tackle Disasters: Dr Jitendra

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KISHTWAR: To assess the damages caused due to recent floods and landslides in Kishtwar District, Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences (independent charge) MoS in Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic energy and Department of
space, convened a detailed meeting of all the district officers at District Headquarter Kishtwar.
DDC Kishtwar Mohd Javed Khan, DIG Doda-Kishtwar-Ramban Ashkoor Wani, SSP Kishtwar Sanjay Kotwal besides all the other officers of civil and police administration participated in the meeting. At the outset of the meeting, the DDC gave an elaborate power point presentation to the minister and apprised him about the huge losses in public and private
property suffered by the district. He informed that in most of the areas almost 80 percent of the standing crops have been damaged, approximately 3000 live stock perished and various schools, private houses rural development projects, water supply schemes, irrigation channels and other infrastructure got damaged in the floods.

The DDC laid special emphasis on the sliding areas of Ajna Pullar, Ongai, Pani Nala and chanjer villages and sought rehabilitation of these villages. While addressing the meeting, Dr Jitendra Singh that Union Government is fully committed to provide all sorts of relief to the flood affected people in the entire state. But both the people and the
administration need to gear up for effective prevention and proper handling of these natural disasters.

The Minister impressed for an innovative and scientific approach to tackle the disasters and said that with scientific creative methods, both loss of life and property can be minimized. He said that a special rural management programme is needed to cater to the specific problems of all the hilly states of India and full use of satellite mapping and other techniques should be made in this regard. Dr Jitendra singh said that the Government at the centre, has laid emphasis on the schemes like PMGSY and employment generation and road connectivity to rural habitations have been prioritized. He called for the involvement of all the sections of society in the development of the nation and said that role of common masses and civil society is imperative for the inclusive development of the country.

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