Shri Eknathrao Khadse (MLA of Maharashtra)
Minister of Revenue, Agriculture, Excise and Minority Affairs
Personally co-coordinates the activities related to disaster management in Maharashtra especially at the state and district levels. To develop training modules and case studies on disaster management. To develop disaster preparedness and capacity building through preparation of district disaster management plans. The Centre offers training to officers of senior, middle and junior levels from concerned departments of government. Training in various aspects of Disaster Management (DM) is also offered to the community. The nature of training is dynamic and has direct effect on the stakeholders.
The sponsoring agencies for CDM programs include National Institute for Disaster Management, Delhi/ National Disaster Management Authority, Delhi / DOPT, Gol and departments of Government of Maharashtra and Zilla Parishads. Maharashtra government, to take into consideration the effects of climate change, has decided to set up Maharahstra’s first climate change study centre. The idea of a centre was prompted by the successive weather eccentricities that the state has suffered in consecutive years --- drought, excess rainfall, hailstorms and drought again.
The centre will set up in Aurangabad, the heart of the state’s driest and the most drought-prone region of Marathwada. The idea is simple, said officials. Get enough data to predict and understand the state’s weather so that the state is better prepared for such disasters. In 2010, the state had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) for a study on climate change. But, it didn’t act on the report. According to officials, the proposed centre will offer data enabling better weather forecast, better preparation and also a long-term change in crop patterns and water usage. Proposed by the state disaster management cell, the plan has been approved by state relief and rehabilitation minister Shri. Eknath Khadse. “There have been varied changes in the state’s weather but there is no study of why the state has been seeing such changes. We also lack the necessary data to study the changes. Hence, we decided to set up the cell,” said Suhas Divse, director, state disaster management cell.