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Monsoon threat: Rio asks all Govt. Departments to brace for challenges

CM a Neiphiu Rio addressing the monsoon preparedness meeting

DIMAPUR, MAY 20: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has directed all Government Departments in the State to be prepared for the approaching monsoon season.
According to a DIPR bulletin, Rio conducted a State-level level monsoon preparedness meeting at Kohima on Monday and reminded the officials about the unpredictable character of Nagaland’s monsoon ~ whether excess or deficient rainfall, the effect will be disastrous in both cases.
“Also stressing on the need for funding for monsoon preparedness, Rio said that State should provide some funds for emergency situations to the district administrations so that immediate reliefs can be given to those affected by monsoon-related incidents and situations”, it stated.
The Chief Minister directed the Public Works Department (Roads and Bridges) to “arrange JCB (excavator) in every district and engineering divisions in every district must arrange and keep a JCB handy through hiring or contribution from contractors or private parties” for any untoward incidents during the monsoon.
He appealed to the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) to clear all drainages, Hume pipes and culverts to ensure smooth flow of water and avert damages. He also underscored the important role played by civil societies and suggested their inclusion, including women leaders, in such coordination meetings in the future.
Rio appealed to the Agriculture Department to supply quality seeds and distribute them on time to the farmers; he then instructed Power Department “to be prepared for any unforeseen incidents as every year power cuts during monsoon seasons cause a lot of hardship to the citizens”.
He also instructed the Chief Secretary to have video conferencing with all districts and conduct a meeting in the early part of June to review districts’ preparedness for monsoon.
Minister of PWD (R&B) G Kaito Aye, Minister of Health & Family Welfare P Paiwang Konyak, Adviser to Food & Civil Supply, Legal Metrology K Tokugha Sukhalu and Chief Secretary J Alam also shared their concerns and requirements for monsoon preparedness during the meeting.
Joint Chief Executive Officer of NSDMA Johnny Ruangmei gave a PowerPoint presentation on ‘monitoring and forecasting of monsoon 2004’.
The Department of PWD (R&B), CD & SDRE, Food & Civil Supplies, Health & Family Welfare and NDRF submitted their infrastructure upkeep report.
(Page News Service)