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Bengal arms for all crises

Calcutta, May 20: From terrorist attacks to natural calamities, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s government wants to be armed for all crises.

The state’s new crisis management committee met for the first time today to chalk out strategy to tackle emergency situations.

Chaired by chief secretary Asok Gupta, the panel categorised crisis into six types and identified the nodal departments that would deal with them.

The relief department will deal with disasters like cyclones, floods, earthquakes, landslides and hurricanes. In case of drought and famine, the agriculture department will supervise operations.

The home department will monitor law and order issues ' terrorist attacks have also bee classified as such. The information technology department will look into cyber crime. In case of “man-made” disasters caused by chemicals, the environment department has been asked to step in, while the health department will tackle crises of biological nature.

The labour department has been entrusted with flood and fire in coal-mines as well as industrial accidents.

Among others, director-general of police Ajay Prasad, GOC, Bengal Area, Major General Z.U. Shah, city police commissioner Prasun Mukherjee, relief secretary Atanu Purkayastha, home secretary Amit Kiran Deb and officials from the air force and Met office attended the meeting.

“The army is always available in case of disasters,” Shah said after the meeting.

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