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Odisha Disaster Management Authority urges for protection from lightning and thunderstorm

Bhubaneswar:2/3/19: After setting global benchmarks in cyclone and flood management, Odisha Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) has now turned its focus towards protection from lightning and thunderstorm.

This was deliberated in Governing Body meeting of the Authority held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi in secretariat conference hall today wherein Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi outlined the issues and placed proposals for consideration.

Considering the proposals, the Governing Body decided to fix lightning arresting systems in multipurpose shelters buildings and strengthen the outdoor lightning alert system. Chief Secretary Padhi directed to expedite implantation of these projects. Padhi also directed to integrate the early warning dissemination system (EWDS), already operationalized in 6 costal districts with all telecom service providers including BSNL.

Further, it was decided to utilize the services of Apada Mitra volunteers in costal districts to help and assist the community for disaster preparedness and response. In the first phase, 400 such volunteers will be engaged. Chief Secretary Padhi directed to complete training of these volunteers by end of the current month. It was decided to upscale the scheme in other flood prone districts of the State.

SRC Sethi appraised that multipurpose shelters operating in 25 districts would be retrofitted with lightning protection system. In the first phase 640 shelters would be taken up with funding support from World Bank under National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project. As per preliminary estimate around Rs.17 cr would be invested in the project. The remaining 239 multipurpose shelters would be taken up in phases.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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