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Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
03-March-2017 17:55 IST
NDMA conducts training conference on capacity building for Disaster Management

Pre-event conference leading up to National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

In its efforts to enhance disaster preparedness, mitigation and response measures by building capacity at the local level through engagement with the paramilitary and armed forces, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) conducted a training conference here today on capacity building of the various organisations of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and other stakeholders.

Lt. Gen. N. C. Marwah (Retd.), Member, NDMA, who chaired the meeting, said it is very important for NDMA and CAPFs to work together for disaster preparedness and mitigation. Underlining the fact that the capabilities of our forces are not being optimally utilised, he urged them to proactively engage with the local administration and help in strengthening the overall capacity of the first responders.

Speaking on the occasion, he said, "A lot more needs to be done than what is being done today. With better planning, coordination, involvement and commitment, we would be able to make the country disaster resilient."

Sharing their experiences on Training of Trainers (ToT) programmes conducted by their respective organisations, participants highlighted the need for standardization of courses across CAPFs. They also underlined the need to upgrade training equipment and modernise training centres. Besides the need for maintaining a database of such trainers, a detailed deployment plan to fully utilise their capabilities for further trainings was also emphasised upon.

A discussion was held on strengthening the Disaster Management wings of CAPFs by retaining their personnel who have had a stint at National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) as trainers in their DM training institutes.

The need to train volunteers right up to the village level and equipping them to act as first responders in the event of a disaster was also discussed. NDMA's 'Aapda Mitra' is one such volunteer training programme which aims to train at least 200 volunteers at the district level across the country.

Discussions at this conference will form a part of the deliberations at the upcoming National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) which will bring together all stakeholders to review the progress made so far in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and suggest ways to improve disaster resilience in the country. The NPDRR, being jointly organised by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), NDMA and National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), will be held next month.

Senior officials from NDMA, MHA, NDRF, NIDM, Fire Services, Home Guards and Civil Defence, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), National Cadet Corps (NCC), Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Indian Coast Guard attended the conference.