<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Directing officials to ensure that there is no water logging in city, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday approved the setting up of a separate directorate for disaster management in the state.With this decision, the state will soon have separate directorate along the lines of one in Gujarat. The decision was taken during a review meeting of disaster management apparatus in the state.Fadnavis chaired the meeting of the Maharashtra Rajya disaster management authority. He also chaired a meeting to review preparedness of the government machinery for the monsoons. He expressed satisfaction over preparedness of various departments especially for the monsoons.The government also gave its nod for an agreement with Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) to train 6,000 officers for disaster mitigation and capacity building. This MoU involves capacity building training program which would cost the state Rs 2 crore.Also, the national level school security program was implemented in 200 schools in Pune and Satara. It will now be run in 3,400 schools in all 34 districts of the state under the Maharashtra State School security programme.COMPENSATIONThe meeting also gave approval to provide compensation to the victims who succumb to lightening. The next of kin of such victims will be paid through the state disaster response fund and this decision was taken by taking in to account the increasing deaths due to lightening in the state.

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Devendra Fadnavis approves dept for disaster management