DM issues instructions for NGOs involved in relief efforts

File Photo of Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary

With number of organizations expressing desire to collaborate the mechanism put in place in the wake of the COVID19 outbreak, the district magistrate (DM) Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudhary has issued instructions to ensure streamlining the operations.

Issuing a circular here the DM, who is also Chairman District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) Srinagar has instructed that all NGOs interested in distributing different kinds of material like food or PPE shall furnish a detailed plan to the DDMA, adding that no distribution can be made without seeking prior approval.

The circular states that while the DDMA acknowledges that the NGOs and other voluntary support organisations have an important role in the ongoing situation, it was important that their operations were regulated keeping in mind the nature of the situation.

The circular states the NGOs will have an option to distribute the relief material themselves or hand it over to the DDMA for distribution, adding that in the former case a DDMA representative will be deputed to ensure organised distribution.

In either case distribution will be preceded by mandatory quality-check by the DDMA.

It should be noted that the DDMA has designated nodal officers – who are experts in their respective fields – for certifying the quality of material or items that voluntary support organisations might want to donate or distribute.

Before distribution can be made the target areas or residents or institutions will have to be finalised in consultation with the DDMA in order to ensure smooth and thorough distribution process, as per the circular .

In order to prevent public gathering or crowding during distribution of the material, the executive magistrates concerned and SHOs will ensure order and organised execution. “No organisation or government department can gather people during distribution of material,” it says.

The NGOs and other voluntary support organisations interested in collaborating with the Srinagar administration in its response mechanism can register their interest through WhatsApp on 7006414736 and 9149654809 numbers.

It should be noted that eight NGOs have so far joined hands with and were assisting the administration in its ongoing relief efforts.

The DM said the district administration appreciates the role and efforts of the NGOs and other such organizations, but stressed the importance of putting in place a mechanism which ensures smooth response operations and following of all precautions and guidelines in order to avoid problems.

Meanwhile, organisations or persons can also donate funds toward the ongoing response efforts in the district. The funds can be credited to the account of Chairman District Red Cross Society (Deputy Commissioner) Srinagar (Account Number 0367040100004325, IFS Code JAKA0TANKEE, MICR Code 190051068)