National Disaster Management Authority Government of India

Ongoing projects

1.         The Scheme for Training of Community Volunteers in Disaster Response in selected 30 most flood prone districts of India (Aapda Mitra)

The NDMA approved a centrally sponsored scheme in August 2016 which is focused on training 6000 community volunteers in disaster response in 30 most flood prone districts (200 volunteers per district) of 25 States (Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttrakhand, Sikkim) of India. The duration of implementation of the scheme is 24 months. The said scheme aims to provide the community volunteers with the skills that they would need to respond to their community’s immediate needs in the aftermath of a disaster thereby enabling them to undertake basic relief and rescue tasks during emergency situations such as floods, flash-floods and urban flooding. Under the scheme, standardized training modules will be developed at the national level and training institutions will be identified at the state level which will impart training to the selected volunteers from the project districts. The total project cost is Rs. 1547.04 lakh and duration of the project is 2016-17 and 2017-18.

The objectives of the scheme are as under:-

(i). To train able-bodied community volunteers in disaster response (flood relief and rescue) at the taluka/block level in each of the project districts. These trained volunteers will be called as Aapda Mitra.

(ii). To develop standardized training modules for the set of trainings under the scheme.

(iii). To train the volunteers in life saving skills of disaster response, coordination and assistance, and provide personal protective equipment and emergency responder kit.

(iv). To create a Community Emergency Stockpile/Reserve at the district/block level containing essential light search and rescue equipments, medical first aid kits, etc.

 (v). To disseminate training and education tools developed under the project to ore number of flood prone districts in subsequent phases of the scheme.


2.         Sustainable Reduction in Disaster Risk in 10 Multi-Hazard prone districts-

            The Project aims to strengthen community and local self-government’s preparedness and response in 10 most multi-hazard vulnerable districts, 2 each in 5 identified states (Uttarakhand, Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir). The total cost of the project is Rs. 6.074 Cr. spread over a period of 2 years starting from 2016. Some of outcomes envisaged under the project include Comprehensive Disaster Risk Reduction/Recovery Plan for each district; awareness & publicity campaigns throughout the selected district; preparation of training modules in community based disaster management; formation of disaster management teams at district levels; training of Trainers/Stakeholders on CBDM and conduct of mock drills in these selected districts.

The deliverables of the project briefly include:

  1. Comprehensive Disaster Risk Reduction/Recovery Plan for each District
  2. Awareness/Publicity Campaigns throughout the selected district
  3. Preparation/Up-dation of training modules in Community Based DM
  4. Formation of DM Teams at District Levels
  5. Training of Trainers/Stakeholders on CBDM
  6.   Conduction of mock drills in selected district