(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.
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.
(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.