New Delhi, May 17: Urging people to come together to fight against the disaster, two-day multi-stake holders’ 2nd meeting of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction kicked off in New Delhi. Union Minister for Power and Energy, Piyush Goel appealed to people to unite against disaster.
Minister for Power and Energy, Piyush Goel and Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju addressed the meeting. Union Home Secretaryi Rajiv Mehrishi, Members NDMA and Over 1,000 delegates representing various stakeholders in the Disaster Management also attended this meet.
Speaking at the final session, Piyush Goyal appealed everyone to come together to fight against the disaster. He referred to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 10 point agenda for drafting the roadmap leading to the reduction of disaster impact. He said that if we cannot prevent disaster, we must work for reducing the impact of disaster. We need to make investments in preparedness and risk reduction. He also quoted Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for mentioning that if we spend one rupee in preparedness, we save ten rupees in post-disaster losses. He also emphasized that disaster management should not be seen in isolation. It has linkages with poverty and all development schemes of the Government. Poverty has direct impact on vulnerabilities, so we have to work simultaneously. He quoted Bejamin Franklin, “If we fail to prepare, we are preparing to fail”.
Minister Kiren Rijiju, who is also the Vice-Chairman of the NPDRR, reiterated the Prime Minister’s 10 point agenda for drafting targeted and time bound action plan for making India resilient by 2030. On the occasion, the two ministers gave away the prize to the winner of the national slogan contest on Disaster Risk Reduction with an appreciation certificate and cash prize of Rs 25,000. The winning slogan was, - “Aapda Prabandhan Maha Vichar : Poora Bharat Bhagidar”.
The ministers also felicitated ten Start-Up companies for bringing innovation in disaster management. They had put up the exhibition during the NPDRR. Sanjeev Kumar Jindal, Joint Secretary, MHA presented the outcomes of all the sessions organized over the two-day event. He said that ministry will work on the recommendations and prepare a roadmap for its execution.