States should implement best practices of other states to tackle natural disasters: Rajnath Singh
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 07-Jun-2017

New Delhi, June 7: With intelligence, power, science, technology the human race can control anything but nature. Natural calamities, disasters can appear anywhere anytime without giving a single hint. Hence effective system for disaster management is very important. National Disaster Response Force( NDRF) has organized a two-day conference on “Capacity Building of SDRFs-2017”. Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the conference. It is for the first time in the last few years that, such a national level conference is being organized with the participation of most of the States.

Issues like disaster preparedness & response, Preparedness of State Disaster Response Force’s (SDRF’s), Early Warning Service were discussed in the main sessions. The delegates of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Indian Metrological Department (IMD),  INCOIS discussed the issue.

Rajnath Singh addressed the delegates in the inaugural session where he talked about the unpredictable nature of disasters. He also appealed to the States to modify and implement the best practices of other states in tackling disasters. He said that the risks arising out of development shall also be taken into account and focus should not only be on mitigating the effects of disasters.

The special need of specialized training and equipping with latest gadgets for prompt and timely response to the disaster has been mentioned by R K Jain, Member NDMA. India tops the list of 5 countries vulnerable to various kinds of disasters viz. Floods, Earthquake, Cyclone and Tsunami etc.  Digitalization is also important and will benefit common people as well as agencies involved in disaster management.