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'SMEs need better disaster management plan' 

Nearly a month after a major mishap occured at HPCL bottling plant at Cherlapally, officials from Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board, National Disaster Management Authority and the government of Telangana met at a conference hosted by FICCI to discuss industrial disaster management. The three-day conference on Chemical (Industrial) Disaster Management (CIDM) that started on Wednesday will culminate with a mock drill exercise at Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) bottling plant, Cherlapally Industrial Area on Friday.

Expressing the urgency for addressing the industrial disaster management in State by small and medium enterprises, Commissioner for Labour, Employment, Training and Factories, Ahmed Nadeem, said that SMEs need to adopt better disaster management practices in line with safety standards of larger Indian industries. The sheer enormity of a chemical accident and its irrevocable consequences for employees, stakeholders demands that every effort must be made to stop chemical disasters, he added.