Section 23 in The Disaster Management Act, 2005

Title: State Plan

Description: (1) There shall be a plan for disaster management for every State to be called the State Disaster Management Plan. (2) The State Plan shall be prepared by the State Executive Committee having regard to the guidelines laid down by the National Authority and after such consultation with local authorities, district authorities and the people's representatives as the State Executive Committee may deem fit. (3) The State Plan prepared by the State Executive Committee under sub-section (2) shall be approved by the State Authority. (4) The State Plan shall include,— (a) the vulnerability of different parts of the State to different forms of disasters; (b) the measures to be adopted for prevention and mitigation of disasters; (c) the manner in which the mitigation measures shall be integrated with the development plans and projects; (d) the capacity-building and preparedness measures to be taken; (e) the roles and responsibilities of each Department of the Government of the State in relation to the measures specified in clauses (b), (c) and (d) above; (f) the roles and responsibilities of different Departments of the Government of the State in responding to any threatening disaster situation or disaster. (5) The State Plan shall be reviewed and updated annually. (6) Appropriate provisions shall be made by the State Government for financing for the measures to be carried out under the State Plan. (7) Copies of the State Plan referred to in sub-sections (2) and (5) shall be made available to the Departments of the Government of the State and such Departments shall draw up their own plans in accordance with the State Plan.

Title: Powers and functions of State Executive Committee in the event of threatening disaster situation

Description: For the purpose of, assisting and protecting the community affected by disaster or providing relief to such community or, preventing or combating disruption or dealing with the effects of any threatening disaster situation, the State Executive Committee may— (a) control and restrict, vehicular traffic to, from or within, the vulnerable or affected area; (b) control and restrict the entry of any person into, his movement within and departure from, a vulnerable or affected area; (c) remove debris, conduct search and carry out rescue operations; (d) provide shelter, food, drinking water, essential provisions, healthcare and services in accordance with the standards laid down by the National Authority and State Authority; (e) give direction to the concerned Department of the Government of the State, any District Authority or other authority, within the local limits of the State to take such measure or steps for rescue, evacuation or providing immediate relief saving lives or property, as may be necessary in its opinion; (f) require any department of the Government of the State or any other body or authority or person in charge of any relevant resources to make available the resources for the purposes of emergency response, rescue and relief; (g) require experts and consultants in the field of disasters to provide advice and assistance for rescue and relief; (h) procure exclusive or preferential use of amenities from any authority or person as and when required; (i) construct temporary bridges or other necessary structures and demolish unsafe structures which may be hazardous to public; (j) ensure that non-governmental organisations carry out their activities in an equitable and nondiscriminatory manner; (k) disseminate information to public to deal with any threatening disaster situation or disaster; (l) take such steps as the Central Government or the State Government may direct in this regard or take such other steps as are required or warranted by the form of any threatening disaster situation or disaster.

Title: Constitution of District Disaster Management Authority

Description: (1) Every State Government shall, as soon as may be after issue of notification under sub-section (1) of section 14, by notification in the Official Gazette, establish a District Disaster Management Authority for every district in the State with such name as may be specified in that notification. (2) The District Authority shall consist of the Chairperson and such number of other members, not exceeding seven, as may be prescribed by the State Government, and unless the rules otherwise provide, it shall consist of the following, namely:— (a) the Collector or District Magistrate or Deputy Commissioner, as the case may be, of the district who shall be Chairperson, ex officio; (b) the elected representative of the local authority who shall be the co-Chairperson, ex officio: Provided that in the Tribal Areas, as referred to in the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution, the Chief Executive Member of the district council of autonomous district, shall be the co-Chairperson, ex officio; (c) the Chief Executive Officer of the District Authority, ex officio; (d) the Superintendent of Police, ex officio; (e) the Chief Medical Officer of the district, ex officio; (f) not exceeding two other district level officers, to be appointed by the State Government. (3) In any district where zila parishad exists, the Chairperson thereof shall be the co-Chairperson of the District Authority. (4) The State Government shall appoint an officer not below the rank of Additional Collector or Additional District Magistrate or Additional Deputy Commissioner, as the case may be, of the district to be the Chief Executive Officer of the District Authority to 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 District Authority.

Title: Powers of Chairperson of District Authority

Description: (1) The Chairperson of the District Authority shall, in addition to presiding over the meetings of the District Authority, exercise and discharge such powers and functions of the District Authority as the District Authority may delegate to him. (2) The Chairperson of the District Authority shall, in the case of an emergency, have power to exercise all or any of the powers of the District Authority but the exercise of such powers shall be subject to ex post facto ratification of the District Authority. (3) The District Authority or the Chairperson of the District Authority may, by general or special order, in writing, delegate such of its or his powers and functions, under sub-section (1) or (2), as the case may be, to the Chief Executive Officer of the District Authority, subject to such conditions and limitations, if any, as it or he deems fit.

Title: Meetings

Description: The District Authority shall meet as and when necessary and at such time and place as the Chairperson may think fit.