New Delhi, March 3: Union agricultural Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Thursday launched National Livestock disaster management plan during the two-day workshop on ‘Management of Animals in Emergencies’ organised by National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) at New Delhi.
The plan for the first time ensures that animals will be included in disaster preparations, potentially saving millions of animals' lives and building the resilience of the communities that depend on them.
The National Workshop on Management of Animals in Emergencies at the NIDM, New Delhi, saw participation from not just the Centre but also representatives from many of the state government as well.
Ashok Kumar Angurana, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Prof. Santosh Kumar, Executive Director, NIDM and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
The two-day workshop includes sessions to brief on subjects like Veterinary Emergency Preparedness Measures (Pre Disaster stage), Veterinary Emergency Response Measures (During Disaster stage), Veterinary Emergency Recovery Measures (Post Disaster stage), National Legislative & Institutional Perspectives and Animal Centered DRR measures.
During the two day session, the dignitaries and delegates will deliberate to identify possible solution to address the gaps and constraints faced by the various departments due to inadequate human resources on the ground, limited animal handling equipment, infrastructures to stock fodder and shelter animals, transportation of animals, carcass disposal structures, etc.
At the inaugural event, Singh said "In India, animals are at the heart of everything, be it family, culture and livelihood, animals are an intrinsic part of our lives. It's ironical that animals were missing in the picture till now." "In our economy, especially in rural areas, animals are extremely important.
“Hence, putting focus on animal rescue during disasters becomes crucial from economic viewpoint. Animals are the assets of the nation and it is our foremost duty to protect them." He added.