Bhubaneswar: As Odisha faces natural disasters time and again, the state government has decided to include disaster and pandemic management as part of curriculum in every high school and college.
The decision came after a meeting of the council of ministers was held on Saturday chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Every government employee will also be trained on the fundamental nature of different kinds of disaster and pandemic management. The council also decided that there will be a mandatory syllabus on disaster and pandemic management for government jobs and recruitment.
This apart, elected representatives from ward members to Chief Minister, everyone will be trained on disaster and pandemic management.
Mission sakti groups, vana surakya samitis, and other community based organizations will be equipped with knowledge to manage disaster and pandemics.
The Council of Ministers has resolved to undertake systematic and detailed training programs to equip our citizens with adequate knowledge and skills in disaster and pandemic management and make Odisha a leading state in Disaster preparedness – ready to tackle any disaster whether its biological or climatic.
The main objective behind the decision is to have a Yodha in every household of Odisha and prepare everyone for future emergencies in the state.
The council has also decided to form a task force to carry forward this mission of building a disaster and pandemic resilient Odisha.