Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju said that NDMA has changed the way Disaster Management is looked upon as a subject – that a disaster can be prevented.
Inaugurating the 14th Formation Day of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), in New Delhi, today, he said with such a vast geography and population while also being a democracy, we have come a long way in managing disasters and the world cannot ignore India when it comes to Disaster Risk Reduction.
He said that India is taking a lead role in matters pertaining to Disaster Management. He also emphasized that half the battle against the disasters would be won by increasing disaster awareness and improving early warning systems. He said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking special interest in making the country more disaster resilient.
K. Jain, Member, NDMA, said that over the past 13 years since its formation, NDMA has contributed a great deal not only for effective disaster response, which is visible, but towards overall disaster risk reduction, he added.
On the occasion, NDMA also released a training manual for masons on Hazard-Resistant Construction. A study report on “Gujarat floods 2017: A Case Study” will also be released. Early warning is a major element of disaster risk reduction and can minimise the loss of lives and economic impacts. Timely early warning is key to a structured and efficient response.