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AU stresses clearer roadmap for National disaster management plan

 Biju Janata Dal’s Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Ananga Uday Singhdeo today stressed the need for a clearer roadmap in the National Disaster Management Plan.
Speaking at a meeting of National Platform for Disaster Risk Management chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi, Singhdeo said individual responsibilities of the ministries would establish accountability in disaster management. He stressed the need for categorization of measures to be undertaken by ministries under different time periods. The MP said NDRF should be strengthened both in terms of numbers and resources as the Indian Armed Forces undertaking disaster management tasks are not trained in this regard.
Singhdeo further said that the Territorial Army and the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in each State should be trained in disaster management. “It is viable to build and train a local State disaster response force for immediate disaster relief exercise the cost of which could be shared by the Central government”, he stated, adding it should be mandatory for all states to raise Territorial Army units which will employ and train retired soldiers, adept in greening as seen in Rajasthan and Uttarakhand and train them for disaster management.
On river regulation zone, the MP said ten states in the country fall under flood-prone zones. He added that the Union government and states should consensually develop a river regulation zone policy. “Uttarakhand floods are an example of consequences of encroachment over the natural course of the river,” Singhdeo said.
The MP also stressed the need for a time frame based approach which is intrinsic to disaster management and swift response.  He said in Japan, the Prime Minister forms the emergency response team within 30 minutes of the occurrence of a disaster. Singhdeo said 12 years after the enactment of Disaster Management Mitigation Fund, the government has not yet notified the section 47 of Disaster Management Act of 2005. He added that mitigation activities are still out of the mandate of National Disaster Response Fund. The MP said the Central government should make provisions regarding fund allocation specifically for reconstruction and rehabilitation activities and not treat it only as State responsibility.


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