June 2, 2024

PM Modi orders regular fire and electrical safety audits of hospitals


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday directed the departments concerned to conduct fire and electrical safety audits of hospitals and other public facilities at regular intervals.

Speaking at a meeting held at his residence to review the ongoing heatwave situation in the country and monsoon preparedness, PM Modi also instructed that proper drills for fire prevention and fighting need to be conducted on a regular basis.

Several major fire incidents have been reported across India in the past few weeks. On May 25, a massive fire broke out at BabyCare Newborn Hospital in Delhi, killing seven children. Another major fire in the gambling area of ​​Rajkot killed 27 people.

The Chief Minister also said at Sunday's meeting that regular drills should be organised for maintaining forest fire lines and productive utilisation of biomass.

The Prime Minister was informed that as per the India Meteorological Department forecast, this year's monsoon is expected to be normal or above normal in most parts of the country and below normal in some parts of peninsular India, while heat wave conditions are likely to continue in parts of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

The Prime Minister was also briefed about the usefulness of 'Van Agni' portal in timely identification and management of forest fires.

The meeting was also attended by Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary, Minister of Home Affairs, Secretary to the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Director General of NDRF and Director General of NDMA, as well as senior officials from the Prime Minister's Office and relevant ministries and departments.


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