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'To check info vacuum during disasters, Army asks ground operatives to go to media directly'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has instructed its ground operatives working during disasters to go to the media directly whenever there is need, as such occasions lead to an information vacuum that need to be plugged, said on Thursday.

Speaking at a conference on 'Media and Disaster', Anand said that in recent floods in the ground operatives were allowed to interact with media without prior permission of the higher ups.

In case of a disaster, there is an information vacuum and nobody provides information to the media and the leaked information starts taking round, he said.

"There is a need to fill this vacuum. During Floods, the had instructed its ground operatives that they needed no permission to interact with media.

"During tragedies now, we have taken this decision that ground operatives may go directly to media whenever it is required," Anand said.

The conference hosted by (JNU), of Disaster Management (NIDM) and, (DMICS) was addressed by experts from different fields including media.

Training of reporters covering disasters and natural calamities and role of in such happenings was emphasised by K G Suresh, of

Citing example of earthquake where Indian media faced backlash of the locals over its coverage of the tragedy, underlined significance of respecting sensibilities of the affected people.

JNU Pramod Kumar said knowledge and information were saviours during disasters. Media played a crucial role in exchange of information based on the knowledge provided by experts on different aspects of disasters, he said.

Laxmi Prasad Pant underscored challenges before journalists by citing the Kedarnath tragedy that struck nine years after he had "predicted" it in 2004 and claimed he faced a police case as well as opposition from different quarters over his report.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 00:55 IST