To take stock of the situation arising in various districts of Punjab owing to floods, Punjab Government’s Group of Secretaries on Disaster Management would meet on Monday (August 26) under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh.
The meeting would be attended by the Special Chief Secretary (Revenue), Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Additional Chief Secretary (Development), Additional Chief Secretary (Cooperation), Principal Secretary (Water Resources), Principal Secretary (Local Government), Principal Secretary (Power), Principal Secretary (Rural Development and Panchayat), Secretary (Animal Husbandry), Principal Secretary (Health and Family Welfare), Principal Secretary (Medical Education and Research), Secretary (PWD), Secretary (Water Supply and Sanitation), and the state Director General of Police (DGP).
Spokesperson said that the Deputy Commissioners of Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Ferozepur, Fazilka, Moga, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Ropar would also join the meeting via video conferencing.During the meeting, the Chief Secretary would review the flood relief operations being carried out in various parts of the state besides deliberating with various departmental heads to further speed up the operations to tackle the situation.
Spokesperson said that the meeting would review the situation on the parameters of affected areas, loss of life, people evacuated, quantity as well as quality of food items being supplied in the relief camps, number of breaches as also those plugged, relief teams in affected villages, water release from August 19, assessment of losses so far besides discussing the role of Army, NDRF, SDRF and damaged houses.
The meeting would also deliberate upon the further requirement of funds, regarding food, water, medicine, fodder, temporary shelters, tarpaulin boats, transit accommodation, repair of houses, deferment of crop loan recoveries, plugging of road, canal and river breaches and other exigencies.