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After returning from Europe tour, PM Modi gave these instructions on the meeting in Delhi, the incidents of heat and fire


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting to deal with the scorching heat in various parts of the country and the preparedness related to monsoon. He stressed the need to take all possible steps to prevent deaths due to extreme heat or fire incidents. In this meeting, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) informed about the persistence of high temperatures across the country during March to May 2022, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

PM Modi’s advice on fire incidents
According to the statement of the PMO, Prime Minister Modi said, ‘We will have to take all possible steps to prevent the death of people due to extreme heat or fire incidents.’ He also said that any such incident should take minimum time to act. The Prime Minister said in the meeting that in view of the rising temperature, there is a need to conduct fire safety audits in hospitals regularly.

Instructions for quick action on fire incidents
PM Modi spoke of the need to work to reduce the risk of forest fires in the diverse forest ecosystem across the country. He also emphasized on increasing the capacity of forest personnel and institutions for timely detection of potential fire incident, handling of fire incidents and subsequent recovery. The Prime Minister directed that arrangements should be ensured to monitor the quality of drinking water in view of the upcoming monsoon so that water does not get contaminated and water-borne diseases do not spread.

The PMO said that in the meeting, all the states were also advised to prepare a ‘flood preparedness plan’ regarding the preparations for the south-west monsoon. The need for effective coordination between central and state level agencies to ensure preparedness of all systems for any eventuality was also discussed in the meeting, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

The meeting was also attended by the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Advisors to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretaries, Secretaries of Ministries of Home, Health and Jal Shakti, Members of NDMA, Director Generals of NDMA and IMD and Director General of NDRF. It is noteworthy that the mercury is rising rapidly in many parts of the country and the temperature has reached 45 degree Celsius in many areas. However, due to hailstorm and rain in some parts of the country including Delhi on Wednesday, people got some relief from the scorching heat. The Prime Minister attended the meeting just hours after returning from a three-day visit to three European countries.


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