NDMPSC expresses concern over slow implementaion of its action plan

ISLAMABAD: A two days meeting of National Disaster Management Plan Steering Committee (NDMPSC) on Friday reviewed the implementation of National Disaster Management Plan’s key interventions in Pakistan.

The meeting chaired by Chairman National Disaster Management Authority Major General Asghar Nawaz showed concern over slow implementation of actions indicated by it.

The committee mandated to monitor and evaluate the implementation of National Disaster Management Plan 2012-2022 (NDMP) besides providing Strategic Policy Guidelines in the realm of Disaster Management, said a press release.

The Committee appreciated the efforts of NDMA.Various implementing organizations presented the progress achieved in implementation of the respective activities as indicated in NDMP and highlighted the key challenges faced by them in this regard.

Major component of NDMP is related to structural activities and Federal & Provincial agencies especially FFC, PMD, Provincial Irrigation Departments, etc. have to take lead role in this regard and implement projects through their respective annual development programmes.

As regarding non-structural components for non-structural interventions the forum was informed that NDMP Implementation Roadmap was unveiled on 19th October, 2015 by NDMA. It focuses on risk assessments,capacity building and awareness.

Two new concepts including Government Officials Emergency Response Exercise (GOERE) and Mobilization of Volunteers Emergency Response Exercise (MOVERE) were also introduced to enhance the response capacities at the lowest tier of Disaster Management districts with the elements of Disaster Risk Reduction. The Roadmap was well taken by all the development partners and the response is very encouraging.

The meeting was attended by members of the steering committee, Director General PDMAs and the key stakeholders Planning, Development and Reforms Division, Finance Division, Economic Affairs Division,Ministry of Water & Power, Ministry of Ports and Shipping, Ministry of Information Technology & Telecom, Pakistan Meteorological Department, Federal Flood Commission, Geological Survey of Pakistan, SUPARCO, GCISC, National Institute of Disaster Management and Provincial Irrigation Departments.