BMC - NGO next steps
Notes by Vinay from Meeting on Feb 6
reg. Disaster Management -- next steps BMC - NGO Council.
Present: Mr. V. Vaidya, BMC; Mr.
Masurkar, BMC; Dr. Rita Savla, UNDP; Vinay Somani, NGO Council
- A ward-wise list of NGOs is needed
listing their expertise, manpower, equipment (pertaining to
- This list will be the base list for
use by BMC, UNDP, etc.
- Mr. Masurkar will give the required
- Ward-level Committees need to be
formed, including NGOs.
- The main NGOs contact details will
also be listed in the emergency numbers booklet which is to be
- The Disaster Plan (in www.karmayog.org
Disaster Mgt section) is to be updated. The role of NGOs is
clearly identified there.
- The Mah Disaster Mgt Plan, Mumbai
City Plans, and Ward-wise Disaster Mgt Action Plans are posted in
the Disaster Mgt section in www.karmayog.org
- The Disaster Mgt Action Plan for
each Ward has the following info which is in the printed Action
Plan but not online.
- Annexure 1:
Response Operations Directory -- these are contact numbers of
various govt. depts. and officials
- Annexure 2:
Resource Directory -- this has to be updated with the help of
- All of the above were prepared in
1999 / 2000 and are also only based on Natural Disasters, and thus
need to be updated.
- There are 5 types of committees
pertaining to disaster mgt:
- State Govt. headed
by Additional Chief Secretary (Home) -- Shri K. P. Sinha
- BMC headed by the
- each BMC ward
headed by each Ward Officer i.e. Assistant Municipal Commissioner
- headed by State
Govt. Relief Commissioner - Shri Vatsa
- BMC - NGO Council
Committee (as per MOU but yet to be effectively formed)
- UNDP is implementing the Central
Govt Disaster Risk Management Project (DRMP) with the State Govt
and with BMC.
- UNDP funds are also available for
NGOs or any org esp. for Local Level Awareness Programs.
Some specific actions that need to
- prepare lists of equipment and
life-saving materials that are available with private hospitals /
- (BMC will update the Disaster
Control Emergency Contact Nos. Emergency List in two weeks)
- "Do's and Dont's" - before
/ during / after disasters -- pink booklet is old, floods to be
added, draft will be made in 1 week, NGOs to then give inputs
quickly so that this can be printed and distributed
- Community Level Training Programs to
be planned & conducted by NGOs -- for BMC staff at ward
levels, and for citizens. General and specific programs according
to the target audience e.g. schools, slums, high-rises, are
- School Disaster Action Plan has to
be be finalised especially evacuation drills, identifying floor
leaders, etc. Mock drills to be conducted. Mr. Vaidya will prepare
the draft plan soon and circulate for inputs.
- Posters / Calendars with
instructions, contact list, procedures, do's & dont's -- Mr.
Vaidya will make a sample.
- Pilot Projects by NGOs as per
- Private hospitals have detailed
plans to handle patient inflows during disasters. A copy is needed
- Workshop with Israel Consulate is
planned in March
- Workshop at IIT is planned in March
- Workshop was conducted at Nair
Hospital for BMC employees. Mr. Masurkar will give a copy for
sharing with all.
- One-day workshop for NGOs should be
- March 4 is National Safety Day. The
National Safety Council (Maharashtra Chapter) is planning
- The Ex-Military Men's Association is
keen to be involved in Disaster Mgt (and enforcement of
Cleanliness Rules as they have been doing in Nagpur) at a nominal
cost of Rs. 100 / day / person
- The next BMC - NGO meeting to be
called in 3 weeks to finalise the School Disaster Plan, the
poster, and to review proposals of specific NGOs, if any.
There is a lot of detailed work to be done. BMC is keen to involve
the NGO Council. While funds are available from UNDP, NGOs and
organisations must come forward to take up specific
responsibilities. Some co-ordinators are also needed on behalf of
the NGO Council. So please let me know if you can take up
some co-ordination activity. We do not have appropriate staff or
volunteers at this stage and have thus not been able to focus on
Disaster Management at all.
2. Specific Projects:
If you are keen to get involved with specific projects or want to
implement some specific projects, please send your proposals to
BMC and to me.
3. Working Group: Of
the various methods that we have tried as the NGO Council to work
collectively, the Cleanliness Group has been the most effective so
far. NGOs and citizens have generally spelt out their area of
expertise and interest. People have volunteered to be
theme-leaders. The more serious ones have contributed Rs. 1,000
each to form a Working Group.
On similar lines, interested NGOs or
individuals are requested to do the following:
- take on specific tasks (on a free or
fee basis) e.g. updating specific lists in their ward / Mumbai
- send relevant articles / power point
presentations / CDs for uploading in the Disaster Mgt section
- send an email (with full contact
details) stating their specific interest and expertise pertaining
to Disaster Management. All will be then included in future
mailings (as some mailings will not be via this yahoo group)
- volunteer to co-ordinate
individual tasks e.g. as Tanya has been doing for the Littering
- volunteer to co-ordinate theme
groups e.g. planning the distribution of relief supplies
during disasters. Specific knowledge or experience is useful but
not at all essential. Expected time involvement is 3-4 hours a
- send Rs. 500 to the NGO Council to
join the working group. Further BMC - NGO Council meetings will be
restricted to those who have made such payments or to invitees.
4. Funding: While project-related
funds are possible from BMC / UNDP, there are lots of costs
involved with the general working for each of the sectors
involved. Clearly, funding is required for serious and sustained
involvement of Civil Society with BMC. If you are a funding
organisation / donor, please come forward to support. For each
sector e.g. Disaster Management, a Rupees one lakh commitment
to begin with and then as needed as per plan and progress.