Different parts of Punjab are vulnerable to the natural calamities like Flood, Earthquake, Drought and Embankment Erosion. In fact, there are multiple High Risk Multi Hazard Zones.
As per the High-Powered Committee (HPC) of India, Punjab is vulnerable to 21 hazards out of 33 identified. Considering natural hazards, the state is more prone to floods, earthquakes and climate change.
Apart from these natural hazards, there are chances of man-made disasters like fires, industrial accidents, terrorist attacks etc. Punjab has twenty-two districts covering 79 Tehsils, 143 blocks, 12,278 villages, 143 towns and 14 cities of Punjab.
The Punjab State Disaster Management Plan formulated for the Government of Punjab, State Disaster Management Authority, seeks to provide a comprehensive approach to Disaster Risk Management in the State.
The approach to disaster management has undergone a radical shift in recent times from one based on relief and rehabilitation to a more comprehensive approach laying emphasis on preparedness and mitigation. The Government of Punjab is for the increased thrust on reducing vulnerability of the state to different hazard and empowering the Government official of related Department to Disaster.
Conforming to the National vision on Disaster Management promulgated by National Disaster Management Authority ( NDMA),"To build a safer and disaster resilient India by a holistic, proactive, technology driven and sustainable development strategy that involves all stakeholders and fosters a culture of prevention, preparedness and mitigation”, the Centre for Disaster Management in MGSIPA has been established as a response to Government of India’s mandate to accomplish a risk resilient society through prioritizing techno managerial capacity building.
To work towards capacity development and train human resources to contribute to disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
• To build knowledge database on disaster resilient societies
• To practice field-oriented and evidence-based actions for supporting decision makers and stakeholders
• To provide knowledge, convey experience, build capabilities for reducing or preventing severe and recurrent impacts of hazards, for most vulnerable communities.
• To increase opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaborations to foster scientific, technical and managerial contributions to the public decision-making process in matters of hazard, risk and disaster prevention.
• To build and strengthen state capacity to reduce the impacts of natural and man-made disasters through multidisciplinary approach.
• To facilitate multi-disciplinary collaborations encompassing scientists, technical experts and managers and to apprise policymakers in matters of risk and disaster prevention and mitigation.
Within the broad framework of these objectives, the centre takes up the following types of activities:
• Identification of training needs in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction
• Design and conduct of training programmes
• Development of reading material for Trainings
• Undertake study to see the pre-preparedness of Disaster Management in the Government
The CEDM regularly hold guest lectures by eminent persons in the field and also holds seminars/workshops on the focused subjects.
Col. Dalbir Singh
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MGSIPA an institute of Punjab Government devoted to training and research in Public Administration is now offering an excellent opportunity to the aspirants of the Civil Services examination. The Institute had launched the Civil Services Coaching Centre(CSCC) in 2011 with fifty aspirants from all over Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Majority of the aspirants were Doctors, Engineers and Graduates. The coaching centre provides coaching for IAS / PCS Preliminary and Mains examination and conducts mock interviews to prepare the candidates.While providing coaching for cracking the Civil Services examination, the centre also aims at developing the overall personality of aspirants.