Section 18 in The Disaster Management Act, 2005

Title: Powers and functions of State Authority

Description: (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, a State Authority shall have the responsibility for laying down policies and plans for disaster management in the State. (2) Without prejudice to the generality of provisions contained in sub-section (1), the State Authority may— (a) lay down the State disaster management policy; (b) approve the State Plan in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the National Authority; (c) approve the disaster management plans prepared by the departments of the Government of the State; (d) lay down guidelines to be followed by the departments of the Government of the State for the purposes of integration of measures for prevention of disasters and mitigation in their development plans and projects and provide necessary technical assistance therefor; (e) coordinate the implementation of the State Plan; (f) recommend provision of funds for mitigation and preparedness measures; (g) review the development plans of the different departments of the State and ensure that prevention and mitigation measures are integrated therein;(h) review the measures being taken for mitigation, capacity building and preparedness by the departments of the Government of the State and issue such guidelines as may be necessary. (3) The Chairperson of the State Authority shall, in the case of emergency, have power to exercise all or any of the powers of the State Authority but the exercise of such powers shall be subject to ex post facto ratification of the State Authority.

Title: Guidelines for minimum standard of relief by State Authority.

Description: The State Authority shall lay down detailed guidelines for providing standards of relief to persons affected by disaster in the State: Provided that such standards shall in no case be less than the minimum standards in the guidelines laid down by the National Authority in this regard.

Title: Constitution of State Executive Committee

Description: (1) The State Government shall, immediately after issue of notification under sub-section (1) of section 14, constitute a State Executive Committee to assist the State Authority in the performance of its functions and to coordinate action in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the State Authority and ensure the compliance of directions issued by the State Government under this Act. (2) The State Executive Committee shall consist of the following members, namely:— (a) the Chief Secretary to the State Government, who shall be Chairperson, ex officio; (b) four Secretaries to the Government of the State of such departments as the State Government may think fit, ex officio. (3) The Chairperson of the State Executive Committee shall exercise such powers and perform such functions as may be prescribed by the State Government and such other powers and functions as may be delegated to him by the State Authority. (4) The procedure to be followed by the State Executive Committee in exercise of its powers and discharge of its functions shall be such as may be prescribed by the State Government.

Title: Constitution of sub-committees by State Executive Committee

Description: (1) The State Executive Committee may, as and when it considers necessary, constitute one or more sub-committees, for efficient discharge of its functions. (2) The State Executive Committee shall, from amongst its members, appoint the Chairperson of the sub-committee referred to in sub-section (1). 3) Any person associated as an expert with any sub-committee may be paid such allowances as may be prescribed by the State Government.

Title: Functions of the State Executive Committee

Description: (1) The State Executive Committee shall have the responsibility for implementing the National Plan and State Plan and act as the coordinating and monitoring body for management of disaster in the State. (2) Without prejudice to the generality of the provisions of sub-section (1), the State Executive Committee may— (a) coordinate and monitor the implementation of the National Policy, the National Plan and the State Plan; (b) examine the vulnerability of different parts of the State to different forms of disasters and specify measures to be taken for their prevention or mitigation; (c) lay down guidelines for preparation of disaster management plans by the departments of the Government of the State and the District Authorities; (d) monitor the implementation of disaster management plans prepared by the departments of the Government of the State and District Authorities; (e) monitor the implementation of the guidelines laid down by the State Authority for integrating of measures for prevention of disasters and mitigation by the departments in their development plans and projects; (f) evaluate preparedness at all governmental or non-governmental levels to respond to any threatening disaster situation or disaster and give directions, where necessary, for enhancing such preparedness; (g) coordinate response in the event of any threatening disaster situation or disaster; (h) give directions to any Department of the Government of the State or any other authority or body in the State regarding actions to be taken in response to any threatening disaster situation or disaster; (i) promote general education, awareness and community training in regard to the forms of disasters to which different parts of the State are vulnerable and the measures that may be taken by such community to prevent the disaster, mitigate and respond to such disaster; (j) advise, assist and coordinate the activities of the Departments of the Government of the State, District Authorities, statutory bodies and other governmental and non-governmental organisations engaged in disaster management; (k) provide necessary technical assistance or give advice to District Authorities and local authorities for carrying out their functions effectively; (l) advise the State Government regarding all financial matters in relation to disaster management; (m) examine the construction, in any local area in the State and, if it is of the opinion that the standards laid for such construction for the prevention of disaster is not being or has not been followed, may direct the District Authority or the local authority, as the case may be, to take such action as may be necessary to secure compliance of such standards; (n) provide information to the National Authority relating to different aspects of disaster management; (o) lay down, review and update State level response plans and guidelines and ensure that the district level plans are prepared, reviewed and updated; (p) ensure that communication systems are in order and the disaster management drills are carried out periodically; (q) perform such other functions as may be assigned to it by the State Authority or as it may consider necessary.