Sensitisation Workshop for Nodal Officers

The Disaster Management Act 2005 mandates all the Central Ministries / Departments to prepare their Disaster Management Plans in line with the template prescribed in the National Disaster Management Plan. Each of these Ministries / Departments have appointed Nodal Officers to coordinate with NDMA, get their Disaster Management Plans approved and oversee all the activities of their respective Ministries/Departments related to Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

As these Disaster Management Plans include measures for mitigation, preparedness capacity building and response for effective management of disasters, their preparation and implementation is important for promoting the resilience of infrastructure systems, an area that India has taken a lead in with the Prime Minister recently launching the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) during the Climate Action Summit at New York. Further, integrating disaster resilience into all facets of development is also a critical attribute towards the vision of ‘ease of living’ for all, and a 5 trillion economy by 2024.

To sensitise the nodal officers on the framework for DRR; coherence among the Sendai Framework, Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris agreement; and the global perspective on DRR, a two-day workshop was organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and NDMA on the directions of Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The workshop was held on October 10-11, 2019, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri G. V. V. Sarma, Member Secretary, NDMA, said that nodal officers are the key sources in implementing policies during disaster and post-disaster events. He urged the nodal officers to prepare, periodically update and take measures to ensure the effective implementation of their DM Plans.

Presentations at the workshop were aimed at enabling the nodal officers to understand the process of developing and implementing their DM Plans. Issues of climate change adaptation, ecosystem-based resilience, housing and structural safety, governance and financial instruments, participatory approach and integration of disaster management into plans and schemes of the government were discussed.

Around 120 persons participated in the workshop, including senior officials from MHA, NDMA, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), India Meteorological Department (IMD), disaster management experts and technical institutions. 

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