Govt makes special arrangements to rush relief materials

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Abhay Singh , TNN | Jul 7, 2011, 01.27am IST

PATNA: The government has made foolproof multi-layered arrangement to rush emergency relief materials to flood-marooned people in any of the 28 flood-prone districts in the state. Normally, the relief materials are sent either on trucks by road, or are airdropped by choppers in the affected districts, blocks and villages.

While the Central meteorology department has made a forecast regarding near-normal monsoon rain -- the shortfall being only around two to four per cent -- in the country, the normal rainfall, in the context of Bihar, takes menacing proportions, as it causes floods in several north Bihar and some south Bihar districts.

The multi-layered arrangement to handle relief procurement and transportation is part of an advance preparation being made to meet the challenge of rushing relief materials on short notice.

In this regard, Patna DM Sanjay Kumar Singh on Wednesday announced setting up of 10 cells -- finance, rate fixation of relief materials and pre-audit wing, relief procurement, storage wing, packaging and release cell, airport coordination unit, transportation cell, media cell, law and order wing, and the unit to handle day-to-day affairs of relief distribution.

Singh himself would head the cell meant to fix rates of relief materials to be mustered. He would also head the pre-audit cell. Moreover, 13 other officials, including the deputy development commissioner (DDC), would also be in this cell to assist him.

According to the work assigned to various cells, the work of the cell headed by the DM would be to fix the rates of such relief items whose rates have not yet been fixed, and the cell would fix the rate after proper survey of such relief items needed on an emergency call. However, prior to that, this cell would also seek quotation from the suppliers. It would scrutinize the claims and make the reality check before clearing them.

Besides, for the first time, this cell has been provided with a pre-audit team, which would also verify the claims. Auditors have also been appointed for the purpose.

The relief procurement cell would be headed by DDC Manoj Kumar, who, in turn, is being assisted by three officials and other personnel. The job of the cell is to ensure uninterrupted supply of relief materials, and would also maintain quality, apart from keeping vigil on weight and quantity of materials being procured.

The cell constituted to coordinate with the airport for the dropping of relief materials by choppers is headed by deputy collector Suresh Kumar Sharma, who would ensure that trucks carrying relief materials prepared on the premises of Shri Krishna Memorial Hall safely reach them to the airport for loading on the choppers.

The Patna DM has directed the officials and district administration personnel, engaged in the 10 newly constituted cells to procure and supply the relief materials, to work with highest sense of responsibility.