Kolkata: The recent floods in West Bengal, followed by the deadly earthquake that struck on Sunday have exposed the absence of an effective disaster management system in the state.

Though no recklessness or delay was shown by the Chief Minister and her team in providing immediate relief or conduct rescue operations, they failed to make a difference in the absence of the basic facilities of disaster management. 

According to the sources, Mamata has decided to bring in a radical change in the disaster management system and has asked the Centre for help. The Union government has approved a sum of Rs 377.84 crore for uplifting the Citizen Safety Department.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has ordered to form a special committee on disaster management and to establish a First Response Team by providing training to the volunteers of the Citizen Safety Department.

It is to be noted that only a few days after Mamata Banerjee took over as West Bengal Chief Mnister, a group of fishermen had disappeared off the coastal region in a storm.

Gauging the need of a disaster management apparatus, she had announced to open a science centre which can provide timely information about natural calamities.

Since the north east region does not have any efficient emergency management infrastructure, the Centre is also expected to cooperate in any such initiative by the Chief Minister.

IIT- Kharagpur and the Geology Department under the Central government have started making policies for the calamity prone areas as around 400 square kilometre area around the state capital is earthquake prone.

(JPN/Bureau)