The five-member Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) along with the Nagaland State Disaster Management Association (NSDMA) officials on Monday called on Chief Minister, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu at his residential office at Kohima. The IMCT visited the state for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation in the wake of floods/landslides in Nagaland during 2016.
The Central team and the State Disaster Management officials briefed the Chief Minister on how the natural calamities caused the damages in the state and gave power point presentation during the meeting.
Dr. Shürhozelie expressed his gratitude to the team for taking the trouble to make the visit. He said that Nagaland is a small state but it has its fair share of problems.
He mentioned that Nagaland is a resource crunch state totally dependent on the Centre, and disasters are an unexpected chapter which draw considerable amount from the state exchequer. He said the soil in Nagaland is young which makes it more landslide prone than the neighboring states.
The floods in Brahmaputra river are because of rainfall in Nagaland, he said. The damages caused by rainfall here are often overlooked since our soils don’t retain the rain water which destroys not only our crops but also our roads. We feel encouraged by your presence here, he added.
The IMCT team comprises of Joint Secretary (Police-1) MHA,Kumar Alok as the team leader. Director, Department of Agriculture, Co-operation and Farmers Welfare Kolkatta, Dr.
Manoharan. Joint Director Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance Delhi, S.C. Meena. AD (H) Department of Rural Development, Delhi, Mohit Verma and Executive Engineer, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Guwahati, Sachin Kumar Gautam as members.
The meeting was also attended by the state Chief Secretary, Pankaj Kumar. Additional Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy besides other high ranking government officials.
(Issued by Media Cell, Chief Minister’s Office, Nagaland)