Punjab News Express/Y.S. RANA
CHANDIGARH : Almost all the government schools and 45 private schools of city have submitted their school disaster management plan ( standard operative procedure) as directed by the education department of the Chandigarh Administration last month. Revealing this Daily Post, Mr Bikram Rana, SLO and nodal officer of disaster management committee.
He further stated that the plans received from the schools authorities would be reviewed and steps would be taken accordingly to meet disaster and added that schools would be categorized in A, B, C and D as per their requirements. Schools those required minimum job in the plan would put in Cateogy A and maximum requirements schools would be in Category D. For this purpose, a survey would be conducted of all schools through NSS volunteers soon, he says.
Mr Rana said that he plans to send three engineers from Chandigarh to IIT Rurkee to knowhow of retrofitting, monitoring and documentation of schools buildings. "The education department of Chandigarh Administration will start hectic awareness campaign to sensitize school children," says he.
A meeting on 'National School Safety Programme Sensitization" was held at PG College for Girls, Sector 42 here last month. The meeting witnessed more than 600 heads of government schools; government-aided schools and private schools and other staff of Chandigarh. Schools were asked to set up disaster management committee comprising 10-12 persons. Committee will suggest role and responsibility to facilitate the department to chalk out disaster management plan.
Mr Rana said that officials of NSS and NCC would also be involved in disaster management and department would also impart training to trainers so that their expertise would be utilize during pre and post disaster, said he. The education department has already drafted an action plan on disaster management that includes purpose, guidelines, inventory of articles; how form school disaster management plan and roles and responsibilities of SDMC.
It is also revealed that central government has provided Rs 77 lakh grant to initiate various activities in preparedness of disaster.