New Delhi, April 12: In order to come up with proper planning and suggest new ways in disaster management, National Disaster Management Plan workshop was launched today in New Delhi. The Plan aims to make India disaster resilient and significantly reduce the loss of lives and assets.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju inaugurated this two day National Disaster Management Plan workshop organised by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), which will bring together all stakeholders to deliberate upon the Plan and suggest ways to improve it. The Plan provides a framework for Disaster Management where its execution involves all levels of Government right up to Panchayat and Urban Local Body level as well as Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO), civil society and vulnerable communities. It provides for periodic reviews of the Plan based on national experiences and emerging global practices. These reviews will help synchronize the Plan to the needs of the implementing agencies.
Minister Kiren Rijiju said that it is imperative that we integrate Disaster Risk Reduction into our governance, adding that this review would majorly guide in managing future disasters.
Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the country's first-ever National Plan for Disaster Management in June last year. With this, India became one of the first countries to align its national plan to the 'Sendai Framework' - adopted at the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, in March, 2015.
NDMA Members and officials, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), State Governments, early warning agencies such as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and Central Water Commission (CWC), Ministries/Departments of the Central Government, concerned NGOs, ex-Members and Advisory Committee members of NDMA, and educational institutions will participate in the meeting.
Dr. P.K. Mishra, Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, said that it was important to keep socio-economic realities and changes in mind while revisiting the Plan. In its efforts to make the review process participatory and inclusive, NDMA had sought suggestions on the national plan from State Governments and Ministries of the Central Government.