Ex­er­cise Jal­ra­hat: A joint ini­tia­tive by As­sam Gov­ern­ment and armed forces for flood re­lief

SP's MAI - - MILITARY UPDATES -

The much awaited event, Ex­er­cise Jal­ra­hat com­menced at Narangi Cantt. Tak­ing the leaf from the lat­est Na­tional Disas­ter Man­age­ment Pol­icy (NDMP) 2016 and the call given by the Prime Min­is­ter urg­ing the en­hanced co­op­er­a­tion and in­volve­ment by armed forces in mit­i­gat­ing dis­as­ters, the Ex­er­cise Jal­ra­hat is a joint ini­tia­tive taken by the As­sam State Gov­ern­ment and the armed forces that is be­ing led by Ga­jraj Corps with full sup­port from HQ East­ern Com­mand.

The ex­er­cise com­menced with the open­ing ad­dress de­liv­ered by Lt Gen­eral D. Anbu, AVSM, YSM, SM, GOC Ga­jraj Corps who stressed upon the need for in­te­grat­ing the key facets of the NDMP 2016 guide­lines to in­clude un­der­stand­ing and strength­en­ing disas­ter risks, gov­er­nance to man­age disas­ter risks, in­vest­ing in disas­ter risk re­duc­tion and en­hanc­ing disas­ter pre­pared­ness.

There­after, the Chief Sec­re­tary V.K. Piperse­nia com­mended the ASDMA and the armed forces for tak­ing the unique ini­tia­tive, first of its kind to spread aware­ness amongst var­i­ous stake­hold­ers about each other’s role, tasks and ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Pro­ceed­ings there­after fol­lowed a se­ries of pre­sen­ta­tions and brain­storm­ing ses­sions with Syn­di­cates co-opt­ing dif­fer­ent agen­cies re­spon­si­ble for disas­ter man­age­ment. Healthy dis­cus­sion pur­sued with syn­di­cates de­lib­er­at­ing upon is­sues rang­ing from prepa­ra­tion, plan­ning, early warn­ing and im­me­di­ate re­sponse to re­lief and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion mea­sures. The keen in­ter­est and par­tic­i­pa­tion of the stake­hold­ers ad­e­quately dis­played that this ex­er­cise is head­ing on to be­come an epit­ome in the field of plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion for tak­ing on the men­ace of ur­ban flood­ing head on with the firm re­solve to build re­silience in the so­ci­ety to stand up to such a calamity and come out vic­to­ri­ous. It is per­ti­nent to men­tion that in ad­di­tion to Ex­er­cise Jal­ra­hat based on flood re­lief in an ur­ban set­ting, In­dian Navy will be car­ry­ing out Ex­er­cise Prakam­pana based on re­lief and as­sis­tance in case of a su­per cy­clone at Vizag, Andhra Pradesh, in Au­gust 2016 and In­dian Air Force will be un­der­tak­ing Ex­er­cise Sa­hayta based on re­lief and as­sis­tance in case of a ma­jor earth­quake at Bhuj, Gu­jarat. All these will be joint ex­er­cises like Ex­er­cise Jal­ra­hat.

The ex­er­cise spread over three days will wit­nessed the out­door dis­play and demon­stra­tion on June, 29, 2016, be­fore ter­mi­nat­ing with lessons learnt on June 30, 2016.

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