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OSDMA has decided to open a cell for persons with disabilities.

Bhubaneswar:20/8/19: Taking into consideration the special needs and vulnerability of persons with disabilities and mainstreaming their needs into disaster management, Odisha State Disaster Management Authority has decided to open a cell for persons with disabilities.

This was decided in a meeting chaired by Bishnupada Sethi, IAS, Managing Director, OSDMA today in the presence of civil society organisations such as ‘SMRC’ & ‘SWABHIMAN’ and officials of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disability Department (SSEPD) and OSDMA.

The cell would look into the special needs of the persons with disability during Evacuation, Search & Rescue, Rehabilitation and Resettlements.

It will make networking with both Government & Private organisations and prepare a database of Persons with Disabilities and Disabilities Persons Organisations in the State and prepare plans accordingly.

Imparting training on special care to be given to the persons with disabilities during Evacuation and Search & Rescue for Response Forces like-ODRAF, NDRF, Red Cross, Civil Defense & Community level Task Forces Volunteers would be another prime objective of the cell.

Further, all the Multipurpose Cyclone and Flood Shelters would be made disable-friendly by the cell.

About Ashok Palit

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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