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Recurrent fire accidents in India show the apathy of the government towards public safety. Elucidate

Topic: Disaster and disaster management.

4. Recurrent fire accidents in India show the apathy of the government towards public safety. Elucidate. (250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why the question:

The article explains how the Mumbai hospital fire shows that India needs to make public safety an absolute value.

Key Demand of the question:

Account for the apathy of the government towards public safety with respect to fire accidents and need to fix the same.

Directive:

Elucidate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with some key data related to fire accidents in the country.

Body:

Recently, the fire accident in Mumbai hospital (located inside Mumbai’s Dreams Mall) resulted in the death of 10 people so far.

An effective fire safety protocols could have prevented the devastating effect on lives and property.

The tragedy points towards the failure of the government to make fire safety a systemic compulsory in public buildings.

It has to be noted that, after a fire in Rajkot last November, the Supreme Court took suo motu cognizance of the incident. It issued directions, to task an officer with fire safety for each COVID-19 hospital.

Then move on to discuss what needs to be done.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.