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Inter Agency Group meet on flood mitigation held at Jonai
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 DHEMAJI, July 11 - Members of Inter Agency Group (IAG), a conglomeration of NGOs working in disaster management sector in Dhemaji district, assembled in a meeting at Jonai town on Wednesday.

The meeting, chaired by Executive Director of PAD (NGO) Wilfred Tapna, discussed various issues related to disaster preparedness, flood mitigation and relief and rescue operations of the affected people of the district.

Tapna, in his address, put emphasis on creating awareness among disaster-hit people to avail government benefits under Disaster Response Fund.

Speaking on the occasion, Rural Volunteers Centre (RVC) Director Lohit Goswami asked the NGO volunteers to ensure service delivery while conducting advocacy programmes on the disaster preparedness in flood-prone areas and take up time-bound mitigation policies.

Project Officer of Indi Global Social Service Society (IGSSS), Dhemaji Rajen Saikia asked the volunteers to disseminate correct and data-based information on disaster situation so that the NGOs and other agencies can take up prompt mitigation policy. He also urged the field workers to keep constant touch with mainstream media agencies for showing the actual picture of the situation from the affected areas.

Saikia, who is the IAG chairman for Dhemaji district, informed that IGSSS has been implementing projects in the district for disaster risk reduction. He further disclosed that his organization conducts pre-monsoon, monsoon and post-monsoon meetings for assessment of the loss and damages caused by natural disasters.

Stating that NGOs are not the alternative for State or Central governments, Saikia advocated for putting priority to worst affected families during distribution of relief materials by non-government agencies.

Among others, Jonai District Red Cross Society Vice-Chairman Prafulla Kaman, North Star Club conveners – Naba Deori and Promode Pao and representatives of AMATURE, The Act and SEDO (NGOs) attended the meeting.

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