Cabinet reviewing disaster risk management bill
The long-awaited legislation with provisions to legally evacuate persons believed to be at risk, based on their location, has been submitted to Cabinet for approval and tabling in Parliament.
Local Government Minister Noel Arscott announced yesterday that the disaster risk management bill is to be considered by Cabinet.
For years, respective administrations have promised to craft legislation to strengthen the country's overall national disaster preparedness and emergency management response processes and mechanisms.
As part of the proposed law, existing organisational structures are to be formally established such as the National Disaster Committee, parish disaster committees, and zonal committees, with their roles and functions clearly defined.
Arscott reported that Cabinet has granted approval for the issuing of drafting instructions to the Chief Parliamentary Council for the crafting of three strategic laws to empower local authorities.
"We have received and commented on draft bills for the Local Government Financing and Financial Management Act and the Local Government (Unified Services) and (Employment) Act and the governance bill.