Officials told to formulate heat wave action plan

Hyderabad: Stating that the day temperature would be soaring from 45 degrees to 47 degrees Celsius from April to June this summer resulting in hot spell in the state, chief secretary SP Singh on Thursday directed all the officials to formulate a a�?heat wave action plana�? and alert the people from time to time about the scorching heat and its injurious consequences.

The CS on Thursday held a review meeting in the Secretariat on a�?heat wave action plana�? with heads of all departments.

Addressing the officials, the CS directed the officials to formulate an action plan to save people from heat wave conditions in the summer keeping in view the past unpleasant experiences. He also asked *them to give proper training to the staff to tackle the situation effectively.

He also advised the top officials to forward circulars to all district collectors on the measures to be taken in the event of heat wave conditions. He also directed the revenue officials to hold a video conference with district collectors in this regard.

Stating that children, senior citizens, labourers, cattle and so on were vulnerable to heat wave conditions, the CS asked the district administrations to initiate adequate measures to protect the people and prevent fatalities.

He also asked the officials to bring out posters, handbills, advertisements and utilise FM Radio, TV, newspapers and so on to educate the people about Doa��s and Dona��ts during the hot spell. The CS asked the medical & health department officials, PHCs, UHCs and hospitals to keep adequate stock of ORS packets and medicines and give suggestions to the people to keep well.

The CS also asked the officialsA� to provide shade nets, drinking water, first-aid box, medical kits at the places where workers are deployed and see that work was suspended from 12 noon to 4 pm during the hot days. He advised the Panchayat Raj officials to make the labour work in the forenoon and evenings only.

SP Singh asked the labour department to see that private managements provide all facilities to their workers engaged in construction work. The CS also advised the TSRTC officials to make available ORS packets, drinking water for the commuters waiting in the bus stands. He also advised the depot managers to change the bus timings during heat wave conditions.

Reminding that 541 people perished in 2015 and 324 in 2016 due to heat stroke, the chief secretary advised the endowments department to provide nets and drinking water to the people visiting the temples during the summer.

He also asked the electricity department to ensure there were no power interruptions and stressed the need to open drinking water kiosks in partnership with voluntary organisations. The officials of the forest department were told to make water available to the wild animals in the forest areas.

Special principal secretary of revenue department BR Meena, animal husbandry department special principal secretary Suresh Chandra, municipal administration secretary Naveen Mittal, panchayat raj department commissioner Neetu Prasad, school education department director Kishan, commissioner of Board of Intermediate Education Ashok, commissioner of agriculture M Jaganmohan, special commissioner of disaster management department Sada Bhargavi and others were present. (NSS)

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