Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for developing a dynamic system for disaster management. He said, recognition and reform are essential to strengthen disaster management. The Prime Minister was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the third session of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in New Delhi this evening. This year’s theme of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is building local resilience in the face of climate change. The Prime Minister explained that recognition will help in identifying the possible threats posed by natural calamities. While, reform is a system where the threats of a possible natural calamity are minimized. He suggested improvement in the system by making it more capable in a time-bound manner. He also emphasized the approach of long-term thinking instead of short-cut.
Prime Minister Modi said that bringing reform in the disaster reduction system is the best way to reduce the probability of disaster. He said, enriching local technology and material with new technology is the need of the hour. The Prime Minister added that when we link the examples of local resilience with future technology, only then we will be able to do better in the direction of disaster resilience.
Prime Minister Modi said that we cannot stop natural calamities but we can definitely minimize its effects by putting better strategies and systems in place. In his address, the Prime Minister emphasized the need to strengthen disaster management governance in the local bodies. Underlining the need for an overhaul of the complete system, the Prime Minister called to work on two levels. He said, first, disaster management experts will have to focus more on public participation and on the second level, he asked for a real-time registration and monitoring system using technology.
Recalling the rescue operation carried out by India in the earthquake-hit Türkiye and Syria, the Prime Minister said that the world has appreciated the role of India’s disaster management efforts there, which is a matter of pride for all the countrymen. Mr. Modi said, the enhanced human resource and technical capacity related to relief and rescue by India has helped save lives of many people in the country during different kinds of disasters.
Prime Minister Modi underlined that India reacts quickly to the disasters coming around the world and also takes initiative for resilient infrastructure. He informed that more than 100 countries of the world have joined the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure formed under India’s leadership.
During the event, the Prime Minister also felicitated awardees of the Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar. The winners of this year’s award are the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority and the Lunglei Fire Station of Mizoram. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the exhibition for showcasing innovative ideas and initiatives and technologies in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that India is one of the most disaster-affected countries in the world. He informed that over 50 percent of the country’s population is affected due to earthquake, flood, cyclone, drought and tsunami. Mr. Shah informed that keeping all such challenges in mind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi acted in a holistic approach and brought transformational changes in the aspect of disaster management The two-day, third session of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction will be attended by over one thousand dignitaries.