CHAPTER - VII

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THE PARTICULARS OF THE ARRANGEMENTS THAT EXIST FOR CONSULTATION WITH OR REPRESENTATION BY THE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC IN RELATION TO THE FORMULATION OF GSDMA'S POLICY OR ITS IMPLEMENTATION THEREOF
In any policy decision which concerns public/any participant stakeholders approach is used in the form of constitution of committees where representation is provided or in the form of workshops/discussions there view is elicited both through formal and informal suggestions are made.
7.1  People’s Participation in Disaster Management
  As narrated in forgoing paras main work area of the Authority is disaster preparedness and disaster mitigation. Disaster Preparedness and mitigation cannot be achieved without people’s participation. Keeping in view this fact;
  (a) The Authority is undertaking programmes of education and training, of the general community on a continuous basis.
  (b) Authority is preparing village level disaster management teams and village level disaster management plans after consulting villagers and through their active participation.
7.2 Representation by the members of the public
  The Governing Body of the Authority is an apex forum for taking any decision regarding the functions of the Authority. The Hon'ble Chief Minister of the State and two Ministers from the Council of Ministers are members of the Governing Body of the Authority. Thus the Authority has unique representation of the elected members in formulation of the policies as well as in implementations thereof.
7.3 The PRIs are the dominant stakeholders of the disaster management, especially for relief distribution and recovery phases. There is a representation of elected members of PRIs in district, taluka and village level disaster management committees. In these committees representatives of the weaker section is also ensured. The procedure has been established to discuss the plans, policies and programmes of the disaster management in the GRAM SABHAs now meets at regular intervals. In the villages, the disaster management teams have been formed. These teams are preparing and implementing the village disaster management plan themselves under the guidance of the government representative after due discussion.
7.4 The Authority is also expecting certain things from the public. These expectations are incorporated in the GSDM ACT, 2003. The community groups and the other people are expected to coordinate with the disaster management work as mentioned in the Chapter XII (Section 28,29,30 & 31) of the Act which read as :
  1. Each community group and each youth organization such as the National Cadet Corps, National Service Scheme, Nehru Youth Kendra may-
    (a) assist the State Government, the Authority, the Commissioner and the Collector in all disaster management activities;
    (b) participate in capacity-building, vulnerability reduction programmes and training activities;
    (c) assist in relief operations under the supervision of the Commissioner and the Collector;
    (d) assist in conducting detailed damage assessment and in carrying out reconstruction and rehabilitation activities in accordance with the guidelines framed by the Authority; and
    (e) provide such assistance to the Authority, the Commissioner and the Collector and take such other steps as may be necessary for disaster management.
    2.(1) Each Factory as defined under the Factories Act 1948, shall-
    (a) assist the State Government, the Commissioner and the Collector in all disaster management activities;
    (b) ensure that their staff are adequately trained;
    (c) ensure that all necessary resources are in a ready-to-use state;
    (d) ensure that its buildings and other structures are in compliance with all specifications stipulated by the departments of the Government and the Authority;
    (e) carry out relief operations under the supervision of the Commissioner and the Collector;
    (f) assist in conducting damage assessment and in carrying out reconstruction and rehabilitation activities in accordance with the guidelines framed by the Authority;
    (g) prepare a disaster management plan in conformity with the other disaster management plans of local authorities, departments of Government having regard to the guidelines laid down in this behalf by the Authority;
    (h) take all other steps and provide such assistance to the Authority, the Commissioner and the Collector and take such other steps as may be necessary for disaster management.
    (2) Each factory shall be responsible for effective implementation of the plan drawn up by it in this behalf.
    (3) Each private and public sector entity shall provide assistance to the Authority, the Commissioner, the Collector and take such other steps as may be necessary for disaster management.
    3. All voluntary agencies, including non-governmental organizations, which desire to participate in disaster management activities may,-
    (a) participate in capacity-building, vulnerability reduction programmes and training activities;
    (b) assist in relief operations under the supervision the of Government, the Commissioner and the Collector;
    (c) assist in assessing damage and in carrying out reconstruction and rehabilitation activities in accordance with the guidelines framed by the Authority;
    (d) provide such assistance to the Authority, the Commissioner and the Collector as may be necessary for effective disaster management.
    4. It shall be the duty of every citizen to assist the Commissioner, the Collector or such other person entrusted with or engaged in disaster management whenever his aid is demanded generally for the purpose of disaster management and particularly for the following purposes, namely :-
    (a) Prevention,
    (b) Response,
    (c) Warning,
    (d) Emergency Operation,
    (e) Evacuation, and
    (f) Recovery

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