From a Correspondent
JORHAT, April 28: In a preemptive bid to secure lives of young children in the wake of a devastating earthquake that shook Nepal and some parts of India leading to the death of thousands, two citizens of Assam, Vikramjit Kakati of Guwahati and Dr Bhaskarjyoti Gogoi of Dibrugarh wrote a letter to Prime Minister rendra Modi on Tuesday, apprising the PM of the grave threat to the lives of the young children at school in absence of proper civil defense training and seeking the Central Government’s intervention to implement mandatory disaster magement education in the schools right from the primary level.
Talking to The Sentinel, both Vikramjit Kakati and Dr Bhaskarjyoti Gogoi said, “We decided to write to the Prime Minister after seeing the last-scale devastation following the severe and major earthquake that shook Nepal on April 25 leading to innumerous loss of lives of all sections of people including children. Since we are in a high seismic zone, we cannot ignore a similar kind of tural devastation in the north-eastern region in the future. Most of the Indian States are prone to tural calamities and disasters. This disaster may occur in various forms like earthquakes, tsumi, flood, fire and cyclone.”
The duo further added, “It is high time that these incidents become an eye opener for all. In India, NCERT on the basis of its seventh survey has already identified 10,30,996 recognized primary, upper primary, secondary and higher secondary schools and countless other unrecognized schools. In schools it is practically not possible for one teacher in each class to pay proper attention during the time of disaster. In most of the cases the teachers themselves are not aware of what to do at times when tural calamity strikes. And it is in this regard that we have requested the Prime Minister to make disaster magement education mandatory for all the schools in India with a special request to introduce disaster magement plans and implementation in each and every school in India. The thrust should be on first aid drills and mock drills to be conducted in the schools once a month for different types of disasters.”
“Moreover, the students should equally be trained up for HAM Radio system, which plays a crucial role in communication during the time of a disaster when most other electronic system of connectivity fails. This state of readiness will help minimize casualties and thus provide our future generation an additiol band of safety. And people will definitely come forward to offer their voluntary services for such a noble cause,” they said.
Meanwhile, sources at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) at South Block, Raisi Hill in New Delhi informed that the letter had been received by the PMO office and would be subsequently put up before Prime Minister rendra Modi.