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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, July 08, 2013
The disaster management authority in Punjab will be equipped to face any natural calamity, the state government has said. On Monday, in a meeting with the senior officials who had participated in the relief and rescue operations in flood-hit Uttarakhand, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said the department of disaster management would buy latest rescue equipment such as high lifts, boats and life jackets to be prepared for earthquakes, floods and fire.

He asked the department to prepare a blueprint of the requirements and said there would be enough money for the cause. He ordered upgrade of the fire brigade services and the procurement of new fire tenders.

Badal appreciated the officials and medical teams who had saved lives in Uttarakhand. He also lauded the pilots who had rescued people from difficult terrain at Kedarnath, Badrinath and Gobind Ghat. The team shared with him the need for mountaineering training to disaster management teams.

SK Sandhu, principal secretary to chief minister; Gaggandip Singh Brar, special principal secretary to CM; director general of school education Kahan Singh Pannu (now on two-week earned leave of absence); Punjab State Co-operative Bank managing director Kamaldeep Singh Sangha; and deputy inspector general (DIG) of police Khubi Ram were present.