2nd National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR-2017) concludes

A two-day multi-stakeholders’ second meeting of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction concluded here today. The valedictory function was addressed by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Power, Coal New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju. Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Mehrishi, Members NDMA and over 1,000 delegates representing various stakeholders in the Disaster Management also attended.

Speaking at the Valedictory Session, Shri Piyush Goyal made an appeal to everyone to come together to fight against the disaster. He referred to the Prime Minister Shri 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 Shri Rajnath Singh for mentioning that if we spend one rupee in preparedness, we save ten rupees in post-disaster losses. He also emphasised 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”.

Shri 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. He emphasized on investment in Research and Development and building partnerships with the universities and research Institutions.

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.

Mr. 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.

Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurates second meeting of National Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the two-day second meeting of National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) here today. The theme of the Second meeting of NPDRR is “Disaster Risk Reduction for Sustainable Development: Making India resilient by 2030”. The Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju and Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Dr. P. K. Mishra were also present on the occasion. The NPDRR is a multi-stakeholders National Platform headed by the Union Home Minister and it promotes participatory decision making in disaster management, and strengthens federal policy of our country.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Rajnath Singh said that NPDRR is a multi-stakeholders National Platform for sharing the experiences in disaster management and for making a collective effort for disaster risk reduction. He emphasized the role of prevention and mitigation in reducing disaster losses. He pointed out that 1 extra Rupee spent on disaster preparedness and mitigation could save 10 Rupees of disaster loss. He recollected global agreements like Sendai Framework, Sustainable Development Goal and Paris Agreement on Climate Change (COP21) for disaster risk reduction. He highlighted the ongoing efforts of Governments in disaster risk reduction like preparation of disaster management plan and policy, development of early warning systems, construction of cyclone shelters and saline embankments, raising of disaster response forces at national and state levels and capacity building of communities through continuous training and awareness programme.

Shri Rajnath Singh also shared the recent initiatives of Government of India for increasing the regional co-operation, like launching of dedicated satellite for South Asian Countries, Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016 and setting up of SAARC disaster management centre. He appealed to the stakeholders to prevent “preventable death” caused by disasters and also prepare an action plan for vulnerable communities of societies. As sustainable developments are closely related with better disaster management, he urged all stakeholders to make all development initiatives disaster resilient. He informed that 14 pre-events were organized as build up to this meeting.

Shri Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, informed that India is a disaster prone country and stressed the need to continuously enhance our preparedness and risk reduction measures. He referred to 10 point-agenda for disaster risk reduction given by our Prime Minister during AMCDRR 2016 and urged the participants to draw concrete plans to implement this agenda into reality. He requested the disaster managers to give proper consideration to geo-physical condition of the particular State/UTs, while making any action plan for disaster risk reduction.

Shri R. K. Jain, Member, National Disaster Management Authority in his welcome address highlighted the achievements of Government of India in disaster risk reduction. A film emphasizing the theme that Disaster Management is Everybody’s Business was screened. Further, version 3.0 of National Database on Emergency Management (NDEM) was launched by Shri Rajnath Singh. This version of 3.0 is device independent and browser independent and equipped with latest resource mapping tools and audio and video conference facilities. The Union Home Minister also chaired a Ministerial Session which was attended by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Ministers of State for Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir & Shri Kiren Rijiju and Ministers from states of Haryana, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. Prof Jagdish Mukhi, LG of Andaman and Nicobar Islands also participated. Shri Rajnath Singh informed that growing population, unplanned urbanization and climate change are the new challenges posing new disaster risks to the country. He emphasized the primary role of States and Union Territories in disaster management and urged them to equip themselves for facing these new disaster risks. He lauded the initiatives and preparedness of States. He appealed to all the State/UTs to continuously upgrade their preparedness and plan for making the country disaster resilient. While stressing the need for political commitment, he emphasized the need for bilateral and regional cooperation among the States, Union Territories and Central Government. Ministers from Union and States highlighted their initiatives in disaster risk reduction and endorsed their commitment to make the country disaster resilient by 2030 in line with the Prime Minister’s 10 point Agenda.

Besides opening and Ministerial sessions, this NPDRR meeting will have one Plenary Session, one session on outcomes of pre-events, four technical sessions on four priority areas of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, one technical session on monitoring of Sendai Framework and a closing cum valedictory session. Along the meeting, innovative ideas by start-ups in disaster management and best practices in disaster management by the States are displayed in the exhibition area.

The meeting is being attended by over 1000 distinguished guests including State Ministers, Parliamentarians, Heads of Local Self Government, Heads of specialized disaster management agencies, academicians, representatives from private sector organizations, media and civil society organizations.

Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh’s address at the second meeting of National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the second meeting of National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction here today. Following is the text of his address at the inaugural session:

“आज मुझे आपदा प्रबंधन के राष्‍ट्रीय मंच National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) की दूसरी बैठक में आप सभी के साथ भाग लेते हुए अत्‍यंत हर्ष हो रहा है। जैसा कि आपको विदित है कि भारत विश्‍व के आपदाओं से सर्वाधिक प्रभावित होने वाले देशों में एक है। हमारी लगभग 50% से अधिक आबादी भूकंप, बाढ़, समुद्र तटीय चक्रवात, सूखा और सुनामी से प्रभावित है। आपदाओं से होने वाले जान-माल की क्षति को प्रभावी तरीके से कम करने के लिए भारत सरकार ने एक Multi Stake Holder National Platform का गठन किया है। जिसकी पहली बैठक वर्ष 2013 में हुई थी, जिसमें केंद्र सरकार के संबंधित विभागों के मंत्रिगण, राज्यों के मंत्रीगण, अधिकारी, स्‍वयं सेवी संस्‍थाएं तथा technical institution के लोगों ने भाग लेकर अपना सार्थक योगदान दिया था।

इस National Platform के गठन का मुख्‍य उद्देश्‍य सभी Stakeholders के साथ अपने अनुभवों को साझा करते हुए देश के लिए एक रणनीति बनाना है। साथ-ही-साथ, समय-समय पर उठाए गए कदमों का review करना एवं राज्यों के साथ coordination स्‍थापित करना है।

आज की बैठक का मुख्‍य उद्देश्‍य Disaster Management एवं Sustainable Development की दिशा में हम कैसे सक्षम हों, इस पर चर्चा करना तथा प्रभावी रूप से काम करने के लिए आगे की रणनीति तय करना है।

आपको याद होगा कि वर्ष 2015 में विश्‍व स्‍तर पर 03 महत्वपूर्ण समझौते हुए है-

  • Sustainable Development Goal,
  • Sendai Frame Work for Disaster Risk Reduction और
  • COP 21- Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
भारत इन तीनों समझौतों में Signatory है। प्राकृतिक आपदाओं से निपटने की दृष्टि से, यह तीनों ही एक दूसरे से जुडी हुई हैं। क्‍योंकि अब जोर आपदा के पश्चात् response पर ही नहीं, बल्कि आपदा के जोखिम को कम करने पर है। जैसा की होना चाहिए। अगर रिस्क को कम करना है, तो इंसान की गतिविधियों से climate change नहीं हो, यह ही आवश्यक है। इसी प्रकार विकास और प्रगति - जो स्वयं अपनी जगह आवश्यक एवं महत्‍वपूर्ण हैं , आम आदमी के living standards और quality of life को बेहतर करने के लिए, ऐसे विकास से ecology or environment का degradation नहीं हो , यह भी आवश्यक है। अतः यह अंतरराष्ट्रीय समझौते एक कड़ी के भाग हैं और किसी एक उद्देश्य, उदाहरणार्थ disaster risk reduction को पाने हेतु, अन्य दो उद्देश्‍यों को पाना भी आवश्यक है।

इस महत्वपूर्ण inter -dependence की महत्‍ता को समझते हुए, उसे focus में रखते हुए, दिल्ली में अभी हाल ही 2016 में Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) का आयोजन किया गया था। इसमें Disaster Risk Reduction के लिए Asia Regional Action Plan को adopt किया गया। इसी क्रम में हम इन दो दिन की NPDRR की बैठक में, आपदा के Risk को कम करने हेतु इसके विभिन्‍न components यथा Prevention, Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, Reconstruction और Rehabilitation पर पूर्णरूप से विचार कर, वर्ष 2017 से वर्ष 2030 तक का Action Plan बनायेंगे।

आपदाओं के Risk को कम करना अब हमारे लिए choice नहीं है अपितु एक अहम जरूरत है। मुझे याद है कि वर्ष 1999 के ओडिशा Super Cyclone में करीब 10 हज़ार से अधिक लोगों की जाने गई थी और अरबों रुपयों का आर्थिक नुकसान देश ने उठाया था। उसके पश्‍चतात वर्ष 2001 में गुजरात में आए भूकंप और वर्ष 2004 में आई सुनामी ने देश को झकझोर दिया था। तब से, lessons लेते हुए, भारत वर्ष में आपदा प्रबंधन के approach में paradigm shift हुआ है।

देश में संस्‍थागत एवं योजनाबद्ध तरीके से आपदा के प्रभाव को कम करने हेतु विभिन्‍न प्रयास किए गए हैं, जिसमें Disaster Management Act, 2005, Disaster Management Policy 2009, NDRF, NDMA और NIDM का गठन महत्‍वपूर्ण है। इसी क्रम में वर्ष 2013 में प्रथम National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) का गठन किया गया था।

विश्‍व स्‍तर पर भी United Nations के द्वारा आयोजित विभिन्‍न बैठकों में भारत ने अपना योगदान दिया है। वर्ष 2015 में जब जापान में Sendai Framework पर चर्चा हो रही थी, तो मैंने स्वयं इस बात पर ज़ोर दिया था कि आपदा के Risk को कम करने में सरकार के साथ-साथ अन्‍य संगठनों की भूमिका भी उतनी ही महत्वपूर्ण होनी चाहिए जितनी की सरकार की है।

Sendai Framework की केवल 03 महत्‍वपूर्ण बिन्‍दुओं को अगर हम देखें तो इनमें आपदा से होने वाले मृत्यु, प्रभावित होने वाले लोगों की संख्‍या तथा आर्थिक नुकसान को कम करना शामिल हैं। Development के विभिन्‍न योजनाओं को बनाते वक्‍त हमें इस बात का ख़ास ध्‍यान रखना होगा कि future investments, इन सभी factors को कम करने में कैसे मददगार साबित होंगे।

हम लोग यह सुनकर पले-बढ़े हैं कि ''prevention is better than cure''। विश्‍व में कई देशों ने इसे धरातल पर करके दिखाया है। भारत वर्ष भी इस प्रयास में पीछे नहीं रहा है। मैं दो उदाहरण आपके समक्ष रखूँगा । पहला - National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project, जो कि विश्‍व का शायद सबसे बड़ा इस तरह का कार्यक्रम है। इस कार्यक्रम ने जिन तटीय राज्यों में early warning को सुदृढ किया है, स्थानीय स्तर पर cyclone shelters बनायें हैं, वहाँ पर चक्रवातों से होने वाली मृत्यु दर को हम 95 % तक काम कर पाए हैं। दूसरा - हमारे पर्वतीय इलाकों में भूकंप आने के बाद जो पूर्ण निर्माण हुआ, और जहाँ जहाँ भूकंप अवरोधी मकान बनाये गए, वहाँ भले ही इन मकानों की लागत, 8 से 10 % अधिक रही है। लेकिन भूकंप की प्रबल संभावना वाले इन इलाकों में, इन मकानों को बाद में, आने वाले भूकम्पों से न के बराबर क्षति हुई है। हम कह सकते हैं की हर एक रुपये की अतिरिक्त लागत से लगभग 10 की बचत हुई है।

इसी तरह, वर्ष 2001 में आए गुजरात के भूकंप के पश्‍चात जो long term recovery के लिए कदम उठाए गए, उसे global best practices के रूप में पहचान मिली है। इसके लिए गुजरात सरकार को UN Sasa Kava award से सम्‍मानित किया गया है। यहाँ तक कि, इसके फलस्‍वरूप Sendai Frame Work में भी ''build back better'' को प्राथमिकता दी गई है।

वर्ष 2013 एवं 2014 में आए Cyclone Phailin एवं Hudhud में हमनें नुकसान को काफी कम किया। इसका अनुमान आप ऐसे लगा सकते हैं कि इनमें मृतकों की संख्‍या क्रमश: 42 एवं 24 रही हैं। जबकि इसी से comparable ओडिशा के 1999 के Super Cyclone में करीब 10,000 व्यक्तियों की मृत्‍यु हुई थी।

हाल ही में केन्द्र सरकार ने सभी मंत्रालयों से Disaster Management Plan बनाने का अनुरोध किया है। जिसमें अपने-अपने क्षेत्र के Risk को कम करने के लिए आवश्‍यक कदम उठाने का अनुरोध किया गया है। मुझे बताया गया है कि कृषि मंत्रालय द्वारा पशुधन की सुरक्षा के लिए "Livestock Disaster Management Plan" बनाया है जो विश्‍व में अपने तरह का पहला प्रयास है।

इसी तरह, देश के अन्‍य राज्‍यों में भी कुछ सराहनीय व अनुठे प्रयास किये जा रहे हैं।

Early Warning System, Cyclone Shelter का निर्माण, Saline Embankments का निर्माण, मज़बूत Disaster Response Force का केंद्र एवं राज्य स्‍तर पर गठन तथा community preparedness एवं capacity building, इस दिशा में उठाये गये महत्‍वपूर्ण कदम हैं।

इन उदाहरणों से यह बात बिल्‍कुल स्पष्ट है कि ''अगर हो पूरी तैयारी तो आपदा नहीं है भारी।'' अत: हम सभी को मिलकर आपदाओं के Risk को कम करने के लिए पहले से ही पहल करनी होगी।

माननीय प्रधानमंत्री जी ने AMCDRR, 2016 के दौरान अपने उद्बोधन में 10 सूत्रीय agenda points का जिक्र किया है। इस platform के माध्‍यम से उन बिंदुओं पर क्रमवार चर्चा करते हुए भविष्‍य के लिए समयबद्ध कार्य योजना बनायी जाएगी । इन कार्य योजनाओं के मूल्‍याकंन हेतु एक व्‍यवस्‍था की रूपरेखा की संरचना पर भी गहन विचार-विमर्श किया जाना अपेक्षित है। ताकि हमें इस बात का पता चलता रहे कि हम इस दिशा में कितना प्रयासरत हैं। और इसमें हमनें साझा रूप से कितनी सफलता हासिल की है।

भारत ने आपदाओं को कम करने के लिए दक्षिण एशियाई देशों के बीच क्षेत्रीय सहयोग को सदृढ़ करने में अग्रणी भूमिका अदा की है। इस क्रम में नई दिल्‍ली में सार्क आपदा प्रबंधन केन्‍द्र स्‍थापित किया गया है। इसके साथ-साथ भारत BRICS, BIMSTEC, East Asia क्षेत्रों में भी अपना सहयोग देता रहा है। इसी क्रम में आपदा प्रबंधन हेतु विशेष Satellite दक्षिण एशियाई देशों के लाभ के लिए पिछले सप्‍ताह प्रक्षेपित किया गया है। माननीय प्रधानमंत्री जी के इस कदम से Disaster Risk Reduction के क्षेत्र में हमारे देश का नाम एक अग्रणी देश के रूप में पुन: स्‍थापित हुआ है।

मुझे बताया गया है कि इस बैठक के पूर्व महत्‍वपूर्ण विषयों पर 14 pre events, NDMA एवं NIDM द्वारा आयोजित किए गए हैं। जो कि इस दिशा में एक सराहनीय पहल है। इन चर्चाओं में स्‍थानीय स्‍तर पर क्षमता निर्माण, inclusiveness, women empowerment एवं national plan आदि मुद्दों पर गहन विचार-विमर्श कर सिफारिशें की गई जिन पर इस बैठक में चर्चा कि जाएंगी।

इस बैठक में समाज के vulnerable community पर विशेष action plan बनाने हेतु मैं appeal करता हूँ और आशा करता हूँ कि इस पर महत्‍वपूर्ण चर्चा होगी।

अभी पिछले सप्‍ताह की "THE ECONOMIST" Magazine ्‍ज्‍ीम न्‍न ्‍दूके एक caption, "Death is Inevitable but a bad death is not" ने मेरा ध्‍यान अपनी ओर आकर्षित किया। इसका तात्पर्य यह है कि मृत्‍यु को तो हम रोक नहीं सकते परन्तु आपदा से होने वाली असामयिक मृत्‍यु को रोका जा सकता है। परिवार के एक सदस्‍य की असामयिक मृत्‍यु से सम्पूर्ण परिवार तहस-नहस हो जाता है। इसी बात का ध्‍यान रखते हुए हमें "Preventing the preventable deaths" की दिशा में पूरी क्षमता से कार्य करना चाहिए।

अंत में मैं आप सभी का ध्‍यान National Plan की ओर आकृष्ट करना चाहूंगा जिसको माननीय प्रधानमंत्री जी ने जून, 2016 में release किया है। इस Plan का उद्देश्‍य भी भारत को Disaster Resilient बनाना तथा जान और माल के नुकसान में कमी लाना है।

हमारी सरकार प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेन्‍द्र मोदी जी के नेतृत्व में Disaster से हो रहे नुकसान को कम करने के लिए अपनी कटिबद्धता को दोहराते हुए Sustainable Development को प्राप्‍त करने के लिए निरंतर प्रयासरत है।

भारत सरकार द्वारा इस हेतु आवश्‍यक वित्तीय व्यवस्थाएं भी की गई है। राज्यों के प्रयास को supplement करने हेतु SDRF की समग्र निधि को 33580.93 करोड़ रु. (2010-15) से बढ़ा कर 2015-20 की अवधि के लिए 61220 करोड़ रुपये कर दिया गया है।

Sustainable Development एवं Disaster resilient development के लिए यह आवश्यक है कि केन्‍द्र सरकार द्वारा चलाए जा रहे कौशल विकास, कृषि सिंचाई योजना, सांसद आदर्श ग्राम योजना, Digital India, स्‍वच्‍छ भारत अभियान तथा बेटी बचाओ-बेटी पढ़ाओ कार्यक्रम आदि के साथ Disaster Mitigation Programmes की सही synergy स्‍थापित की जाये ।

विकास एवं आपदा प्रबंधन में एक गहरा रिश्‍ता है। सही विकास, जो Risk को कम करे, उसमें आपदा प्रबंधन विभाग के अलावा अन्‍य संबंधित stakeholders के साझा प्रयास से ही resilient development के लक्ष्‍य को प्राप्‍त किया जा सकता है। हम उम्‍मीद करते हैं कि आने वाले वर्ष, जो Technology Oriented है, उसकी सहायता से हम इस बड़े चुनौती का बड़ी ही आसानी से सामना कर सकेंगे।

Disaster Risk, Dynamic है। कल का Risk, आज के Risk से भिन्‍न हो सकता है। अत: भविष्‍य की रूपरेखा उसी के अनुरूप flexible बनाए जाए, जिसमें बदलाव को adopt किया जा सके।

मैं बैठक में आए सभी महानुभावों का स्‍वागत करते हुए बैठक की सफलता की शुभकामनाएं देता हूँ और मैं यह उम्‍मीद करता हूँ कि हम सभी संगठित रूप से देश को एक सुंदर और सु‍रक्षित भविष्‍य देने का भरोसा दे सकते हैं।”

Shri Rajnath Singh to inaugurate second meeting of National Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction tomorrow

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh will inaugurate the second meeting of National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) here tomorrow. The meeting will be attended by over 1000 distinguished guests including Union Ministers, State Ministers, Parliamentarians, Heads of Local Self Government, Heads of specialized disaster management agencies, academicians, representatives from private sector organizations, media and civil society organizations.

The NPDRR is a multi-stakeholders National Platform headed by the Union Home Minister and it promotes participatory decision making in disaster management, and strengthens federal policy of our country. The Second meeting of NPDRR will be held over two days, i.e. 15-16 May 2017 on the theme “Disaster Risk Reduction for Sustainable Development: Making India resilient by 2030”.

Starting with inaugural ceremony, this second meeting of NPDRR will have a Plenary Session, one session on outcomes of pre-events, four technical sessions on four priority areas of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, one technical session on monitoring of Sendai Framework and a closing cum valedictory session. Besides, this Meeting will have an exclusive Ministerial Session after the inaugural ceremony, where Ministers from Centre, States and Union Territories will deliberate on various aspect of disaster risk reduction. Over two days, the subject experts, practitioners, academicians and delegates will deliberate upon various cross cutting issues on disaster risk reduction based on the Sendai Framework and the 10 point agenda on Disaster Risk Reduction given by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi.

As a build up to this meeting, 14 pre-events were organized by National Disaster Management Authority and National Institute of Disaster Management on various issues of disaster risk reduction. A slogan contest was also organized by the Union Home Ministry to generate disaster awareness among common public. More than 500 applicants from different parts of the countries have submitted their entries. Further, the Union Home Ministry with the help of NITI Aayog has organized an online call from startups and innovators in the areas like fire fighting, GPS based solutions, search and rescue operations, reconstruction, low cost shelter etc. in MyGov.in for displaying during this meeting of NPDRR. More than 300 applications have been received and 10 of the shortlisted start-ups will showcase their innovations in the exhibit area during this meeting.

This meeting of NPDRR is held at a crucial juncture, after adoption of Sendai Framework in 2015 and Asia Regional Plan for disaster risk reduction in 2016. This NPDRR will be an ongoing effort of the Government to provide a road map for making our country disaster resilient by 2030.

Entry Passes/Invitation Cards will be distributed to the registered participants from the Registration/Help Desk at NIDM Office, MHA from 11.05.2017 (2.00 p.m. onwards)

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From 12th May 2017 to 14th May 2017, the registration counters would be operational from 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. from 12.05.2017 to 14.05.2017.

The details of Nodal persons are as follows:

Nodal Persons Contact Nos.
Mr. R.K. Singh, Joint Director, NIDM 011-23724312
9811902004
Col. P.K. Pathak, Consultant, NIDM 09868915760
Mr. J.N. Jha, JE, NIDM 9818988769

Contact Address:
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DISASTER MANAGEMENT,
(Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India),
5-B, IIPA Campus, IP Estate, Mahatma Gandhi Marg,
New Delhi - 110 002 (INDIA)
Tel. - 011-2370 2432, 2370 5583, 2376 6146
TeleFax - 011-2370 2442, 2370 2446

Results of online call for applications for start-ups and innovators in the disaster management for display during 2nd meeting of NPDRR

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Ministry of Home Affairs with the help of NITI Aayog has organized an online call for applications from startups and innovators in the areas mentioned in your letter (fire fighting, GPS based solutions, search and rescue operations, reconstruction, low cost shelter, etc) in MyGov.in. Around 333 applications were received.

Among the applications received, following 10 applicants have been selected for soft-display of their start-up in the Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi during the upcoming meeting of NPDRR to be held on 15-16 May 2017.

  • Ms Jayashri Ganesan, Chennai
  • Mr Amit Tiwari, Chennai
  • Mr Prithviraj Pramanik, Kolkata
  • Mr SRIDHAR KP, Coimbatore
  • Mr Pradeep Bhardwaj, Delhi
  • Mr Manish Bharti, Kolkata
  • Mr Deshraj Singh, Mumbai
  • Mr Chandrachood BR, Bengaluru
  • Mr Anand Velu, Chennai
  • Mr Amandeep Panwar, Delhi

Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh to inaugurate the two-day 2nd meeting of National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction on 15th May

The 2nd meeting of National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) will be held in New Delhi on May 15-16, 2017 on the theme ‘Disaster Risk Reduction for Sustainable Development: Making India Resilient by 2030’. The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh will preside over the Inaugural Session on May 15, 2017 while the Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju will address the Valedictory Session on May 16, 2017. It will have an exclusive Ministerial session besides Plenary session on the theme “National Perspective on Disaster Risk Reduction: Sendai and Beyond”. There will also be five Technical sessions on the themes “Understanding Disaster Risk”, “Strengthening Disaster Risk Governance to Manage Disaster Risk”, “Investing in Disaster Risk Reduction for resilience”, “ Enhancing Disaster Preparedness for Effective Response and to Build Back Better in Recovery, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction” and “Sendai Framework for DRR: Monitoring”.

The National Platform aims to bring together the whole range of India's disaster risk community from Government, Parliamentarians, Local Self Governments, Media, International Organizations, NGOs, local community representatives, scientific and academic institutions and corporate businesses etc. It will help in sharing of experiences, views and ideas, present findings of research and action and explore opportunities for mutual cooperation in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

The multi-stakeholder NPDRR was constituted by the Government in 2013. NPDRR is chaired by the Union Home Minister and Minister of State in-charge of Disaster Management in the Ministry of Home Affairs is the Vice Chairperson of NPDRR. The other members of NPDRR are 15 Cabinet Ministers, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, Minister of each State Government/ UT dealing with the subject Disaster Management; representatives of Local Self-Governments and Parliament (4 members from Lok Sabha and 2 from Rajya Sabha), ex-officio members, Heads of institutions of national importance, persons representing industry, media representatives, civil society organizations and international representatives.

The main functions of the NPDRR are:

  • To review the National Disaster Management Policy and progress made in the field of Disaster Management from time to time.
  • To appreciate the extent and manner in which the Disaster Management Policy has been implemented by the Central and State Governments, and other concerned agencies, and to give appropriate advice in the matter.
  • To advise on coordination between the Central and State Governments/UT Administrations, local self-governments and civil society organizations for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Apart from members of NPDRR, representatives from State Governments (Resident Commissioners, Relief Commissioners, SDMAs, select DDMAs, select local government representatives, heads of fire service and civil defence), representatives from Central Governments, select public sector organizations, institutions of national importance, private sector, financial institutions, professional experts, and NGOs are going to participate in the meeting. About 1,000 participants are likely to attend the meeting.

The output from the National Platform will offer a strategic direction and a roadmap for the formulation of our future national action plans on DRR. The NPDRR will help sensitize the participants about important initiatives at global and national level on DRR, including AMCDRR 2016, and the Asia Regional Plan 2016, Prime Minister’s 10 point agenda on DRR.

Key expected outcomes of the two-day Conference include:

  • To obtain consensus of the states/UTs for conducting Multi-hazard Risk Vulnerability Assessment within specific timeframe.
  • To explore how Hazard Risk Vulnerability Analysis (HRVA) outcomes can be integrated into policy formulation.
  • To identify constraints and find out their solutions in strengthening District Disaster Management Authorities in multi-hazard risk prone districts.
  • To develop a mechanism for compliance of building codes in urban areas and to develop building codes for rural areas.
  • To suggest various measures for promoting insurance as risk mitigation tool among the general public.
  • To explore possible areas/schemes for reducing risks of earthquakes, floods and landslides.
  • To strengthen Incident Response Forces at State/Local levels for effective response.
  • To have a mechanism in place for build-back-better.
  • To measure and monitor the performance of India on different priority areas/ targets of SFDRR

The first meeting of NPDRR was held on May 13-14, 2013 in New Delhi on the theme ‘Mainstreaming DRR in Development: From Risk to Resilience’. The proceedings of the meeting were forwarded to State Governments/UTs, nodal Ministries/ Department for appropriate action. Numbers of States and Central Ministries/organizations/department have reported action taken on the recommendations of the 1st meeting of NPDRR.

Website launched by Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir.

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The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir launched the website, http://npdrr2-mha.net.in, for the ensuing 2nd meeting of National Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) here today. This is an exclusive website to share all information related to the NPDRR and keep updating delegates on daily basis about the meeting.

The 2nd meeting of the NPDRR will be held in the last week of April this year in New Delhi on the theme 'Disaster Risk Reduction for Sustainable Development: Making India Resilient by 2030'. The first meeting of NPDRR was held during May 13 -14, 2013 in New Delhi on the theme 'Mainstreaming DRR in Development: From Risk to Resilience'.

The NPDRR is a multi-stakeholder National Platform headed by the Union Home Minister and consists of representatives from Central Government, State Governments, Local Self Governments, Parliament, Specialised agencies dealing with disaster, Institutions of National Importance, Industry, Media, Civil Society Organizations and International Organizations. The NPDRR promotes participatory decision making in disaster management and strengthens federal policy of our country.

Besides opening and valedictory sessions, the second meeting of NPDRR will have one plenary session, 5 technical sessions, exclusive Ministerial Session, and one session on the pre-events of this NPDRR. This meeting would sensitize the participants about important initiatives at global and national level on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), including Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2016, the Asia Regional Plan 2016, and the Prime Minister’s 10 point agenda on DRR. It would discuss and evolve various actionable points pertaining to four priority areas of Sendai Framework on DRR to make our country disaster resilient. About 1,000 participants including members of NPDRR, selected representatives from the State/UT Governments, Central Governments, public sector organizations, institutions of national importance, private sector, financial institutions, professional experts and Non-Governmental Organizations are likely to attend the meeting.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) are organizing 10 pre-events on different aspect of DRR in collaboration with their partner organizations as a build up to this 2nd meeting of NPDRR. A national level slogan competition on "Role of NPDRR in disaster management" has been launched on March 31, 2017 to enhance citizen's involvement in Disaster Management.