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Permanent machinery for combating calamities: BJP

Posted on Nov 06, 07:04PM | UNI

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Andhra Pradesh unit president G Kishen Reddy today stressed the need for creating a permanent machinery at village level to effectively combat the situation arising out of natural calamities.

Talking to newspersons at the residence of BJP unit President Y Malakondaiah here after his whirlwind tour of prattipadu, Tuni, Pithapuram and Kakinada rural mandals that are battered by the torrential rains and the resultant floods, he said though the idea of permanent disaster management machinery was mooted long back, it failed to materialise due to lack of interest by the government.

"Some time back, training classes were conducted for the legislators at Hyderabad on disaster management by Marri Sasidhar Reddy, Central Authority Member. The idea mooted at that time was to select the youth in all the coastal villages and impart training in disaster management including cyclones, floods and even earthquakes. They will be the front run force to take up relief and rescue operations during disasters assisting the government machinery. If necessary, the government should provide honorarium also to such youth," he added.

On the flood situation, Mr Reddy said the government had failed to alert the people of the impending Nilam cyclone. The damage to the standing corps, roads and electrical installation was heavy and exact loss could be known only after the water recedes, which might take some time.

The Chief Minister should prevail over the Prime Minister to immediately visit the flood affected districts to ensure releasing of quick assistance from the Centre.

The government should deploy additional staff requisitioning from other districts for enumeration of losses and send report to the Centre without delay. The people are in great distress and government should waive all the loans, construct pucca houses in place of the damaged. Modernisation of all the canals and drains should be taken up on war footing .'he added.

BJP state Vice President Somu Veerraju, state executive member Pydah Bhavana Prasad were among those that accompanied in the tour of flood-affected areas.