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Jun 24, 2013 at 01:58pm IST

Uttarakhand floods: NDMA holds meet, says no major co-ordination gaps

New Delhi: Even as there has been praise for the armed forces who have been working round the clock in flood-hit Uttarakhand, many questions are being asked about what the National Disaster Management Authority has been doing. VK Duggal, who was appointed the nodal officer, on Monday morning chaired the first meet of the state and central agencies on co-ordinating rescue efforts in Uttarakhand.

Duggal has conceded that there are loopholes in co-ordination, but that there are no major co-ordination gaps. Duggal will be leaving for Dehradun later on Monday afternoon to ensure that there are no gaps in co-ordination.

"My role is not implementation of rescue effort but to plug gaps in co-ordination. There does not seem to be any major co-ordination gaps. All agencies are doing their job at a good speed but when a problem is of this magnitude there will be some loopholes. I am primarily addressing any issues between various agencies, states," Duggal said.

Meanwhile, BJP President Rajnath Singh questioned the functioning of the NDMA and said, "The government should look into the functioning of the NDMA and its details. They should review the way the work is done and check on its effectiveness."