The process of mainstreaming disaster management requires ‘champions of disaster management’ in each department for which the most appropriate is to create virtual cadres in the respective departments and incrementally train the same individuals to prepare the plans and support the respective departments. This was taken up as a project and added to the State Disaster Management Plan 2016 as a five-year perspective. The government approved the creation of virtual cadre vide GO (Rt) No. 56/2017/DMD dated 25-11-2017 and a virtual cadre is to be formed in 25 departments to ensure that the departmental disaster management plans are prepared and mainstreamed.
In 2019-20, as part of the Annual Plan, it was decided to conduct specific targeted virtual cadre training for 8 departments. Accordingly, 3 days each training has been imparted between 11-11-2019 and 20-11-2019 to the virtual cadre officers from Irrigation, Kerala Water Authority, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Land Revenue, Mining and Geology, Soil Conservation and Health.
In addition to the 25 departments stated in GO (Rt) No. 56/2017/DMD dated 25-11-2017, Social Justice Department was also added to the list of departments to create virtual cadre vide GO (Rt) No. 111/2018/DMD dated 28-2-2018.
Based on the implementation of the programme and the experience during the floods of 2018, 2019 and Covid19, the Government amended the programme and decided to have 7 dedicated individuals per department as part of the Virtual Cadre vide GO (Rt) No. 902/2022/DMD dated 24-12-2022.
1. Land Revenue – 14-12-2018. Training Report
2. Irrigation, Kerala Water Authority, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Land Revenue, Mining and Geology, Soil Conservation and Health, 1-11-2019 and 20-11-2019. Training Report
3. Training Needs Assessment – Capacity Development of Virtual Cadre Officials of Eight Departments of Government of Kerala, 2019. Report submitted by SEEDS Technical Services, India. Funded by United Nations Development Programme. Report
4. Meeting with virtual cadre officers of 8 departments on TNA, 03-05-2019. Report
5. TNA Inception report of 8 departments Capacity Development of Virtual Cadre Officials of Eight Departments of Government of Kerala, 30-8-2019. Report
6. TNA report of 7 departments namely, Fisheries, Education, Panchayath, Groundwater, Tourism, LSG Planning and Civil Supplies, December 2020. Executive Summary
7. TNA report of 7 departments namely, Fisheries, Education, Panchayath, Groundwater, Tourism, LSG Planning and Civil Supplies, December 2020. Report
8. Training report of 7 departments namely Civil Supplies, Education, Fisheries, Ground Water, LSG planning, Panchayats, Tourism. 2020-2021.
TNA tool for Virtual Cadre officers of Panchayath, Civil supplies, Education, Tourism, Ground water and Fisheries. Click here for the link
2. Animal Husbandry
4. Land Revenue
5. Mining and Geology
7. Soil Conservation
8. Water Resources
9. Civil Supplies
12. Ground Water
13. LSG planning