NGOs roped in to achieve zero casualty in disasters

Odisha Uncategorized
Bhubaneswar, June 18, 2018: The Inter Agency Group (IAG),
Odisha organised the GO-NGO Coordination meeting of all key stakeholders of the
Government and CSOs on Monday here with an aim to develop awareness and
collecting feedback and recommendations to improve coordination mechanism in
Disaster Risk Reduction and to develop a framework to guide it.
Special Relief Commissioner and OSDMA Managing Director Bishnupada
Sethi said the State Government is committed for collaboration with NGOs and
private players to achieve zero casualty in disasters.
Terming lightning, drowning and snake bites are emerging as
biggest killers, he said such incidents can be prevented and precious lives can
be saved with proper awareness.
“Water stress is fast emerging as a new challenge with
ground water level sinking down. There are different ways and means of
countering these disasters and minimizing their distressing effect. GO-NGO
coordination would strengthen and intensify both the preventive and management
actions,” he said.
The consultation aimed at developing mechanism for
coordination between government and NGOs and also to enhance emergency
coordination among government departments, state headquarters and district
administration, and NGOs to ensure quick and efficient response to floods and
cyclone in the state and strengthen district level coordination mechanism.
The consultation also aimed to brainstorm and create
awareness on NGO Response Protocol and government-non government co-ordination
for emergencies in Odisha.
It collated insights, analyzed ideas and experiences of
participants to move beyond the most obvious issues in the sector and ensured a
platform for constructive thinking towards a more inclusive planning and
implementation of Response Protocol and GO-NGO Co-ordination mechanism for
preparedness and response in Emergencies.
The consultation created further awareness and sensitization
on the role of NGOs in Disaster Management, improved GO-NGO coordination in
different phases of disaster cycle, and collected recommendations to develop a
The participants in the coordination consultation included
representatives from key government departments, international NGOs, and
national and State/districts level NGOs, along with volunteers and
professionals working on Disaster Management.
Established in March 2004, Inter Agency Group-Odisha is a
consortium of 22 international agencies ensuring minimum humanitarian standards
in disaster risk reduction and management with unified action and improved
coordination in the state.
Odisha with it geo-physical and socio-economic position is
vulnerable to different kinds of disasters, both man-made and natural.

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