Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar

The Government of India decided to Institute an award to recognize the excellent work done by individuals and Institutions in India in the field of Disaster Management like Prevention, Mitigation, Preparedness, Rescue, Response, Relief, Rehabilitation, Research/ Innovations or Early Warning. The award shall be designated as “ Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar Award.” 

Eligibility :

1. Only Indian nationals and Indian institutions are eligible to apply for the award.

2. For institutions, voluntary organisations, corporate entities, academic/research institutions, response/ uniformed forces or any other institution may apply as an institution for the award.

3. The candidate for the award must have worked in the area of Disaster Management like Prevention, Mitigation, Preparedness, Rescue, Response, Relief, Rehabilitation, Research/ Innovations or Early Warning related work in India.

4. The application must be accompanied by details of the work done in disaster management and must highlight achievements in anyone or more of the following areas:

a) Saving human lives

b) Reduction in impact of disasters in terms of loss of lives, live stock, livelihoods, property and adverse socio-economic effects on communities

c) Mobilisation and provision of resources for effective response during disasters

d) Immediate relief work in disaster hit areas and communities

e) Effective and innovative use of technology in any field of disaster management

f) Disaster mitigation initiatives in hazard prone areas

g) Capacity building of communities for response and risk reduction

h) Early warning systems and dissemination of disaster risk information to people on real time basis

i) Scientific/ technical research and innovation in any field of disaster management

j) Post-disaster recovery and rehabilitation

k) Continued availability of critical infrastructure and basic services during disasters

l) Creating awareness among the masses for preparedness against disaster

m) Any other area related to Disaster Risk Management


Decoration :

In case the winner being an institution, it shall receive a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.51 lakhs. This cash prize shall be utilized by the winning institution for Disaster Management related activities only.

In case of the winner being an individual, winner shall receive a certificate and a cash prize ofRs.5.00 lakhs.

No. of Awardees :3

Who can nominate? :

Any individual and institution can nominate an individual or institution for the award. The application for the same can be filed between 1st July to 31st August each year.

Selection Process :
A Screening Committee may be constituted by Member secretary/ member, NDMA to screen all the application received. This Screening Committee shall vet the applications for eligibility and completeness. It may also verify the authenticity of work claimed to have been done by the candidates. After this, the Screening Committee shall place the applications before Jury.

Ceremony Details :
The award shall be announced on 23rd January each year, on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.



Previous Awardees Details:

Award for the Year 2019

8th Battalion NDRF

Sh. P. K. Tiwari, Commandant

Sh. P. K. Tiwary Commandant, 8th Bn NDRF

Highly specialised Rescue and Response Force of 8th Battalion NDRF covers the National Capital Region, Uttarakhand, Western UP and Haryana regions. From 2009 to 2018, they steered more than 310 disaster response operations (from 2009-2018) rescuing 41,465 people. They have also contributed to making communities disaster-resilient through capacity building, training and awareness generation benefitting nearly 10 lakh people. The 8th Battalion NDRF has been awarded the 2019 Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar.


Award for the Year 2020

Shri Kumar Munnan Singh

K M Singh

Shri Kumar Munnan Singh, a retired IPS officer and ex-DG CISF has been a member of the NDMA from2005 to 2014. He laid the foundations of the National Disaster Response Force, envisioned a 3-tier disaster response mechanism for the country, and helped in raising State Disaster Response Forces. He has also propounded the idea of active participation by civil defence in all stages of disaster management. Shri KM Singh has been awarded the 2020 Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar.


Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre, Uttrakhand

Shri S A Murugesan

Shri S A Murugesan, Secretary Disaster Management, Uttarakhand

Established in 2000, Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre, Uttrakhand discharges the functions of State Disaster Management Authority too. The work done by DMMC is innovative and ranges from pre-disaster preparation and capacity building to post-disaster response and rehabilitation. DMMC ensures interaction with various scientific and academic institutions working in the field of disaster risk management for dissemination of emerging technologies amongst State Govt departments. The institute has been awarded 2020 Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar.


Award for the Year 2021

Shri Rajendra Kumar Bhandari

R K Bhandari

Shri Rajendra Kumar Bhandari, Chairman, Indian National Academy of Engineering Forum on Disaster Mitigation laid the foundation of scientific studies on geo-hazards and landslides in India. He is credited with setting up India’s first laboratory on landslide studies at CSIR- CBRI and has contributed to the study on undrained loading triggered landslides and the first Landslide Hazard Atlas of India, published by BMTPC. He is being awarded the 2021 Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar.


Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS)

Dr. Anshu Sharma, Secretary

Dr. Anshu Sharma, Secretary, SEEDS

Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS) has been working for the past 28 years towards the goal of building the resilience of people exposed to disasters and climate change impacts. Through these years, SEEDS has responded to over 35 emergencies and impacted the lives of more than 30 lakh people across the country. Their work combines modern technology and local wisdom and strives for practical solutions while building community capcaties to enable disaster risk reduction. SEEDS is being awarded the 2021 Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar.


Award for the Year 2022

Prof Vinod Kumar Sharma

Prof V K Sharma

Prof Vinod Kumar Sharma, senior professor at the Indian Institute of Public Administration and Vice-Chairman of Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority was the founder co-ordinator of the National Centre of Disaster Management, now known as the National Institute of Disaster Management. He has worked tirelessly towards bringing DRR to the forefront of the national agenda. His pioneering work in DRR in India gave him international recognition and he is a resource person to LBSNAA and all ATIs for disaster management. As Vice Chairman of Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority, he has made Sikkim a model state in implementing DRR, whilst initiating panchayat level preparedness plans linking climate change and DRR. Prof Vinod Kumar Sharma has been awarded 2022 Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar for his path-breaking work.


Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management

PK Taneja

Shri P K Taneja, Director General, GIDM

Established in 2012, the Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management (GIDM) has been working to enhance the DRR capacity of Gujarat. Through a series of strategically designed capacity building programs, GIDM has trained more than 12,000 professionals on diverse issues concerning multi-hazard risk management and reduction during the pandemic. Some recent key initiatives include the development of a user-friendly Gujarat Fire Safety Compliance Portal, and development of a Mobile App Technology based Advanced COVID-19 Syndromic Surveillance (ACSyS) system to complement the COVID-19 surveillance efforts of Integrated Disease Surveillance Project. GIDM has been awarded 2022 Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar for their commendable contribution.


Award for the Year 2023

Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA)

Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA), was established in 1999 in the aftermath of the Super Cyclone. OSDMA embarked on multiple initiatives including raising of the Odisha Disaster Response Action Force (ODRAF), Multi-hazard Early Warning Service (MHEWS) framework, and a cutting-edge technology-enabled web/smartphone-based platform called "SATARK" (System for Assessing, Tracking, and Alerting Disaster Risk Information based on Dynamic Risk Knowledge). OSDMA provided effective response during various cyclones, Hudhud (2014), Fani (2019), Amphan (2020) and Odisha floods (2020). OSDMA conducted disaster preparedness initiatives in building community resilience in 381 tsunami prone villages/wards and 879 multi-purpose cyclone/ flood shelters located within 1.5 km from coastline.


Lunglei Fire Station, Mizoram

Lunglei Fire Station, Mizoram, responded efficiently and effectively to a massive forest fire which was reported on 24 April 2021 in the uninhabited forest areas that surrounded Lunglei town and spread to more than 10 village council areas. Lunglei Fire Station personnel assisted by local civilians worked continuously for more than 32 hours during which they motivated and provided on the spot training to residents. Due to the valiant, brazen and prompt efforts of Fire & Emergency staff in the putting out the flames, there was no loss to life and property and the spread of fire to other parts of the State was prevented.


Award for the Year 2024

60 Parachute Field Hospital

60 Parachute Field Hospital, Uttar Pradesh, was established in 1942. It is the sole airborne medical establishment of the Indian Armed Forces, recognized for its exceptional service in various global crisis. The primary mission includes Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations during natural calamities, nationally and internationally, both in time of peace and war. It had provided medical assistance during the Uttarakhand floods (2013), Nepal Earthquake under the operation name ‘Maitri’ (2015) and Indonesian Tsunami as part of operation Samudra Maitri (2018). Recently, in response to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey and Syria in February 2023, the unit rapidly assembled a 99-member team and established India’s pioneering level-2 medical facility in Turkey overcoming resource constraints and language barrier to set up a 30 bed hospital in Hatay province’s school building. The unit provided a wide range of medical services, including rescue, triage, surgery, dental treatment, X Ray and lab facilities and offered care to 3600 patients during a 12 day period as a part of ‘Operation Dost’.


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