Himachal Pradesh will establish State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), on analogy of National Disaster Response Force to generate a prompt and efficient response at the time of disasters. This was revealed by Chief Secretary BK Agarwal while chairing the 9th meeting of State Executive Committee (SEC) held here last evening.
He said that Himachal Pradesh was one of the most multi hazard prone States of the Country. The State faces various hazards like geological hazards, earthquakes and landslides, hydrological hazards such as floods, flash floods and glacial outbursts, besides meteorological hazards, hailstorms, droughts and cloudbursts. Thus it was essential to constitute SDRF in state.
He said that State Disaster Response Force, consisting of 3 companies from Police will be raised for dealing with disasters and emergencies. He said that each company will have 100 personnel each and for effective response at the time of disaster SDRF stations will be set up in Mandi, Arki, and Mubarakpur.It was also approved to constitute State Disaster Mitigation Fund to take preventive measures for reduction of disasters. He said that the SDRF will be under overall supervision of the Department of Revenue-Disaster Management Government of Himachal Pradesh.
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