Muzaffarabad, (Parliament Times) : An extraordinary meeting of the Azad Kashmir State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA)was held here with Prime Minister Chaudhry Anwar ul Haq in the chair. Besides top officials of the SDMA, the meeting was attended by government ministers including Diwan Ali Khan Chaghtai, Faisal Mumtaz Rathore, Chaudhry Aamir Yasin, Javed Iqbal Badhanvi, and several others. DG SDMA Raja Tahir Mumtaz, on the occasion, presented a detailed briefing about the budget, performance, and emergency response activities carried out through the authority during natural calamities.

During the meeting, the commission approved the purchase of relief items from the funds allocated for State Disaster Management. The commission also approved the assistance package for the family of the SDMA assistant director who died on duty. Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Haq directed the concerned authorities of the department to be more vigilant and proactive in dealing with natural disasters. The PM said that refresher courses should be arranged for the employees of the SDMA so that they could be able to deal with any kind of emergency effectively. He said that the protection of life and property of the people was the government’s responsibility.

The Prime Minister has also directed the state disaster management authorities to conduct a seismic study of Mirpur and Muzaffarabad. The Prime Minister further stated that the employees of the rescue agencies should be equipped with modern equipment and machinery so that they could efficiently perform their duties. He, however, maintained that the purchase and procurement of all machinery and relief items should be done through e-tendering to ensure transparency in the whole process.

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