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NDMA observes its 13th Formation Day -2

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NDMA observes its 13th Formation Day  

 

NEW DELHI, THURSDAY: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) celebrated its 13th Formation Day at Vigyan Bhawan here today (September 28, 2017) with School Safety as its theme. 

Shri Rajnath Singh, the Union Minister Home Affairs, inaugurated the event. Appreciating NDMA for its efforts to mainstream DRR in the country, Shri Singh reiterated India's commitment to stand with other countries on humanitarian issues, including disaster prevention, mitigation and response.

Delivering the valedictory address, Shri Kiren Rijiju, MoS, Home Affairs, highlighted the need to strengthen the first responders by building their capacity to ensure swift and efficient response during a disaster. He added that Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) education should be integrated into the school curriculum to give a fillip to the culture of disaster preparedness.

Dr. P.K. Mishra, Additional Prinicipal Secretary to the Prime Minister, said education is the backbone of any kind of development and its starts from schools. He added that ensuring the safety of our schools and schoolchildren was absolutely necessary.

Setting the agenda for the day, NDMA made a presentation on the National Disaster Management Guidelines on School Safety Policy. The Guidelines, released by NDMA in February last year, aim to strengthen the risk resilience of schools across the country. Ministry of Human Resources Development spoke about the role of Education Departments in the implementation of these Guidelines.

Various States shared their experiences in terms of best practices and lessons learnt in their initiatives towards school safety. They covered various aspects of school safety such as safety audits, capacity building and training, simulation exercises, structural safety and incorporation of Disaster Management in school curriculum. 

Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) gave a detailed presentation on retrofitting of unsafe school buildings and explained how is it important for ensuring safety of schoolchildren.

Schools spoke about how they ensure disaster preparedness and the key challenges that they face while implementing their DM Plans. They also highlighted the need for collaboration between school authorities and government agencies for school safety.

In his welcome address, Shri R. K. Jain said that Disaster Management requires all stakeholders to come together to ensure implementation and monitoring of all initiatives. 

Shri Rajiv Gauba, Home Secretary, MHA and Shri Anil Swarup, Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, also spoke on the occasion.

National Disaster Management Guidelines on Boat Safety and Cultural Heritage Sites & Precincts, and a study report on Chennai Floods of 2015 were also released during the day.