Odisha govt employees to be schooled in disaster management

Bhubaneswar: The government officials in Odisha will be imparted training on disaster management.

The state Cabinet has approved a proposal in this regard on May 29.

As per the decision, all government officials in Odisha from the rank of Chief Secretary to Group D posts will be imparted training on disaster management.

A tripartite agreement has been signed between the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), Odisha State Open University (OSOU) and the Higher Education department to develop a training module for the programme.

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As per the terms and conditions of the agreement, the OSOU will provide technical assistance for designing a suitable training module.

The primary motive behind the training programme is to upgrade the capacity of Group-A, Group-B, Group-C and Group-D government officials for effective management of disasters in Odisha, said a senior official of the Revenue and Disaster Management department today.

“The module is being devised in such a way that the training can be imparted through online and distance learning mode,” added the official.

The state government is developing an online application to create a database of the trainees, monitor their improvement and provide certificates after completion of the training programme, sources said.

“The training will be imparted through multimedia mode. Improvement of the government officials will be monitored continuously during the progamme. Institutes and faculties having expertise in disaster management will be engaged to impart the training among the government officials,” said the official.

Revenue Minister Pramila Mallick, Higher Education Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue and Disaster Management department) Satyabrata Sahu and Higher Education Department Secretary Aravind Agrawal among others were present during the signing of the agreement.


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