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Achievements

Key achievements of the Government of India vis-à-vis various disaster management initiatives implemented are listed in this section.

1. First Annual Disaster Management Exercise for BIMSTEC countries held on 10-13 October, 2017 at The Hotel Ashok, New Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR).

The Government of Republic of India hosted the first Annual Disaster Management Exercise for 'Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation' (BIMSTEC) countries (BIMSTEC DMEx-2017) on 10-13 October, 2017 at The Hotel Ashok, New Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR).

BIMSTEC DMEx-2017 provided a very good platform for sharing best practices and experience to all member countries involving their response teams. During the simulation exercise, various components viz. Table Top Exercise (TTX), Field Training Exercise (FTX) and After Action Review (AAR) facilitate in demonstrating the important aspects of Disaster Risk Reduction, strengthening regional response and coordination for effective disaster management among the BIMSTEC member countries. About 200 disaster professionals from all seven BIMSTEC countries participated for the first time in table top and field exercises.

2. Second Meeting of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR), 2017

The second meeting of NPDRR was held in May, 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on the theme ‘Disaster Risk Reduction for Sustainable Development: Making India Resilient by 2030’. About 1000 delegates from Central Ministries, State/UT Governments, Academic institutions, Research Centers, Media, CSUs and UN Agencies participated in the conference.

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3. Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction 2016

The Government of India in collaboration with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) organized the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, in November, 2016, in New Delhi. Delegation from 41 Asia and Asia Pacific countries participated in the conference. In addition representatives of UN Agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders like Ministers of States/UTs, Chief Secretaries, Relief Commissioners of States/UTs, Members of state and district disaster management authorities and local government representatives had participated in large numbers.

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4. Preparation of National Disaster Management Plan

The first National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) prepared in the country was released by Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi in June, 2016. The plan aligns with the Sendai Framework of Action, agreed upon by 187 countries including India in March, 2015. The plan covers all phases of disaster management- Prevention, Mitigation, Response and Recovery. It provides for horizontal and vertical integration among all the agencies and departments of the Government. It is in accordance with the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the guidance given in the National Policy on Disaster Management, 2009 (NPDM), and the established national practices. The plan, aligned to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) clearly indicates the roles and responsibilities of all levels of Government right up to Panchayat and Urban Local Body level in a matrix format. It aims to make India disaster resilient and significantly reduce the loss of lives and assets.

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5. New Campus of NIDM (South Campus)

The National Institute of Disaster?Management (Southern Campus),?Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh has started functioning from a rented premises in August 2016. As first activity, an orientation programme on ?“Capacity Building for Disaster?Resilience at local level,” was organized.

6. Indo- Russian Joint Commission for Cooperation, 2016

The first meeting of the Indo-Russian Joint Commission for Cooperation in Prevention and Elimination of Consequences of Emergencies was held on 22nd March, 2016 in New Delhi. The Joint Implementation Plan on cooperation in the field of prevention and elimination of emergencies for 2016-17 was signed by Shri Raj Nath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minister and Mr. PUCHKOV Vladinir Andreevich, Minister of Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disaster of Russian Federation.

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7. Joint Declaration between India and Germany, 2016

A joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) was signed in the month of September, 2015 between India and Germany to expand bilateral cooperation in the field of Disaster Management and Capacity Building.

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8. SAADMEx 2015

SAADMEX 2015, the annual SAARC Disaster Management Exercise, conducted by National Disaster Response Force, was held for the first time in India in November 2015, in which all SAARC countries participated.

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9. National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP)

The National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project (NCRMP) was initiated by the Government of India, in two phases, with an aim to mitigate cyclone risks through structural and non-structural measures. Phase I was approved in 2011 for Andhra Pradesh and Odisha (to be completed by 31st March, 2018), while Phase II was approved in 2015 for Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, and West Bengal (to be completed by 31st March, 2020). Rs. 1392.516 crore has been released to the State Governments under Phase-I, while Rs. 522.394 crore(approx) has been released under Phase-II

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10. State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF)

a. Items and norms of Assistance from State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) for the period of 2015-2020 were revised and issued on 8th April, 2015.

b. Guidelines on the constitution and administration of the SDRF and NDRF based on the recommendations of the 14th finance commission (2015-2020) were issued on 30/07/2015.

c. The Government of India released funds from SDRF (excluding state shares of CRF/SDRF) and NDRF to the State Governments for management of relief necessitated by notified natural disaster as under: -

S.NoYearRelease from SDRFRelease from NDRF
1 2014-2015 Rs. 5629.26 Rs. 3460.88
2 2015-2016 Rs. 8756.00 Rs. 12451.96
3 2016-2017 Rs. 7242.37
(till 27.02.2017)
Rs.8390.86

11. Raising of NDRF Battalions

Presently, NDRF has 12 battalions converted from CAPFs (Three each from BSF and CRPF and Two each from CISF, ITBP and SSB) for providing specialized response in disaster like situation/disaster. These battalions have been made available from the existing strength of CAPFs and are currently located at 12 different locations based on the vulnerability profile of the country. Considering the frequency of disasters and operational commitment of NDRF, four additional battalions are proposed to be raised in Jammu & Kashmir, National Capital Region, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

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12. Setting up of National Disaster Response Reserve (NDRR)

The Government sanctioned the setting up of National Disaster Response Reserve (NDRR) with corpus of Rs.250 crore (revolving fund) in June 2015, for maintaining a reserve inventory of relief material to mitigate the sufferings of the victims of disasters. A budget provision of Rs.50 crore has been made for the first time in the budget of 2017-18.

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13. President Gallantry Award to Fire Service, Home Guards and Civil Defence personnel

In the past five years from 2012-2017, more than 1000 Fire Service, Home Guards and Civil Defence personnel have been awarded for their meritorious services for the nation. During 2016, 235 medals were awarded to Fire Service, Home Guards & Civil Defence Personnel.

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