CM takes over disaster management after the welfare of minorities; CPM-CPI bilateral negotiations in final phase – KERALA – GENERAL

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The chief minister is likely to take over the disaster management department of the CPI after the welfare of minorities. Bilateral discussions between the CPM and the CPI in this regard are at the final stage. The powers of the Minister of Revenue will be weakened as the Chief Minister takes over the important ministry. It remains to be seen whether the CPI will be ready to cede the disaster management department after the forestry department.

Discussions have taken place to combine the disaster management department with the local self-government department of Pinarayi’s first government. Opposition from the CPI leadership at the time and other administrative and technical complications blocked it.

Collectors are the authority in the operation of disaster management in the districts. The new changes will allow the Chief Minister’s Office and the Minister of Revenue to intervene directly in the operation of disaster management.

The Department of Disaster Management was established in the state in 2005 under central law. From the start, the activities were carried out in collaboration with the revenue department. In the aftermath of Cyclone Ockhi and the floods of 2018 and 2019, the importance of the disaster management department increased.

The PMO is of the opinion that the department should be placed under the supervision of the chief minister for better coordination in the event of natural disasters. There are indications that there have been no significant disagreements in discussions among CPM-CPI leaders.


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