No Resource Crunch For Relief, Rescue Works: DPM Paudel

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bishnu Prasad Paudel on Thursday instructed concerned authorities to begin preparedness programmes for minimising all kinds of damages from natural disasters.
DPM Paudel directed the officials to give high priority to rescue, relief and rehabilitation works during a meeting held at the Ministry of Home Affairs today.
He directed them to make necessary preparations by paying special attention to the risk invited by heavy rains in different parts of the country.
He said that the government would leave no stone unturned to rescue those at risk or the affected and directed the concerned agencies to work effectively and in a result-oriented way.
Assuring that there would be no shortage of resources for relief and rescue, Minister Paudel asked all the officials to focus on implementing the disasters’ impact mitigation plan.
He also stressed the need for coordination between the inter-ministerial and various agencies for relief and rescue and urged them to create an environment where no single disaster victim is left helpless, he said.
At the meeting, Minister Paudel said that preparations were being made to bring an integrated action plan for minimising the damages.
He also directed the officials to work for the reconstruction of the damaged areas by making a plan.
Home Ministry Secretary Maheshwar Neupane said there would be no shortage of resources for relief and rescue as the disaster relief fund had more than Rs. 5 billion and that an integrated plan that includes, among others, to resume the disrupted services, had been framed.
During the meeting, Chief Executive Officer of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority Anil Pokharel said that preparations had been made to move ahead with the rehabilitation and reconstruction works after ascertaining the details of the damages caused by the disasters.
The meeting was attended by secretaries from the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, Industry, Commerce and Supplies, Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Federal Affairs and General Administration, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the National Planning Commission and heads of security agencies.

Source : TRN,