Dimapur, August 13: The Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) has notified that there shall be a dedicated Village Disaster Management Authority (VDMA) which shall be constituted by the Village Council. The Village Disaster Management Authority (VDMA) shall be headed by the chairman along with its members and the secretary of Village Development Board (VDB) as member secretary.
The terms of reference (ToR) for the members of the Village Disaster Management Authority are it shall function under the village council and consist of at least of 5 members and not more than 10 members. No 2 members of VDMA can be selected from the same household, and the VDMA members should be permanent residents of the village.
The VDMA shall comprise of at least one woman member or more, depending on the composition of the village council. The VDMA may, as and when it considers necessary, constitute sub-committee from the existing key line committees in the village, such as health, power, water & sanitation and education committees etc or any other subcommittee as necessitated.
It shall coordinate and devise a working response mechanism with neighboring villages. It shall also coordinate with the subdivision authority and district authority on disaster management issues.
The term of VDMA shall be co-terminus with the term of the village council. In case of defunct village council, VDB secretary shall be the officiating chairman of VDMA.
No remuneration shall be paid for the membership of VDMA by the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority/ District Disaster Management Authority.
The powers of the chairman of VDMA and the powers & functions of VDMA shall remain the same as per Section 32 and 34 of the Nagaland State Disaster Management Rules 2012. All VDMA shall prepare their own Village Disaster Management Plan, which is to be updated when necessary.
The NSDMA said any village failing to constitute VDMA shall not be eligible for any scheme/relief under Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority. Furthermore, State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) forms received without the signature of the VDMA chairman/VDB secretary shall be considered incomplete and devoid of benefit. (Page News Service)