20 September 2019
Bhubaneswar: Odisha has come a long way in combating disasters and saving lives during natural calamities. It is one of the leading states in disaster management and has been globally recognized for this achievement.
However, it is now important to develop community resilience which is a key component in disaster management. "We have achieved a lot in this sector. Now the challenge is to transition from response to resilience," Special Relief Commissioner Pradip Jena said.
Jena, also the Managing Director of Odisha State Disaster Management Authority, was speaking on the sidelines of a seminar on - Disaster Risk Reduction and Community Resiliences: Developing Policy Options.
"Good community and individual infrastructure is crucial to withstand natural calamities. We should look towards transforming individual houses into safe shelters. This will also lessen the burden of evacuation," Jena added.
Speaking about the Central funds for disaster management, Jena said that the funding is primarily for response (in an event of a natural disaster). "There is no specific funding by the Centre for resilience. This is why the State Government has to do it from its own exchequer. This will need time and proper planning for disaster resilience," he added.