BACKGROUND

Over the years India has been able to establish a holistic Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) apparatus at National, State and District levels. The legal framework and the institutional structure are gradually taking root in dealing with disaster risk management. Disaster Risk Reduction being a cross-cutting development issue requires political and legal commitment, scientific knowledge, careful development planning, application of technology, law enforcement, community participation, early warning systems and effective disaster preparedness and response mechanism. There is a need to foster an enabling environment for developing a culture of prevention and to enable concerted measures to facilitate the integration of disaster management into developmental planning in various sectors and at all levels, from the National to the local, through a participatory decision making process.

In pursuit of this goal, Government of India has constituted a multi-stakeholder National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) vide Government's Resolution No.47-31/2012-DM-III dated 26th February 2013 . The National Platform aims to bring together the whole range of India's disaster risk community from Government, Parliamentarians, Mayors, Media, International Organisations, NGOs, local community representatives, scientific and academic institutions and corporate businesses etc. It will help in sharing of experiences, views and ideas, present findings of research and action and explore opportunities for mutual cooperation in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction. The output from the National Platform will offer a strategic direction and a road map for the formulation of our future national action plans on DRR.

FUNCTIONS OF THE NATIONAL PLATFORM

  • To review the progress made in the field of disaster management from time to time.
  • To appreciate the extent and manner in which the Disaster Management Policy has been implemented by the Central and State Governments, and other concerned agencies, and to give appropriate advice in the matter.
  • To advise on coordination between the Central and State Governments/UT Administrations, local self-governments and civil society organisations for Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • To advise suo-moto or on a reference made by the Central Government or any other State Government or a Union Territory Administration on any question pertaining to disaster management.
  • To review the National Disaster Management Policy.

The first session of National Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction was inaugurated by Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh and address by Shri Sushil Kumar Shinde, Hon'ble Union Home Minister, Shri M. Shashidhar Reddy, Hon'ble Vice Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority, Sh. Mullapally Ramachandran, Hon'ble MoS, and Shri R. P. N. Singh, Hon'ble MoS, Ministry of Home Affairs. The session was attended by more than 1000 delegates from Central and State Governments, NGOs, Public Sector, CBOs and other stakeholders. The session was followed by plenary session with the theme "Mainstreaming DRR in Development: Achievements and way Ahead" followed by 6 thematic sessions:

  • Harnessing Technology for DRR;
  • Making Our Cities Safe;
  • Risk Financing Mechanisms;
  • Long Term Recovery & Rehabilitation;
  • Public Policy and Governance; and
  • Multi-stakeholder Consultation.
During the plenary and thematic sessions, various issues related to Disaster Risk Reduction mainstreaming in Development were discussed and views shared by various stakeholders. In the plenary session 2, Hon'ble Ministers from 7 states and 2 Vice Chairmen from State Disaster Management Authorities also shared their views.

One mega exhibition showing various products / material related to Disaster Risk Reduction was organized in collaboration with FICCI in Vigyan Bhawan Campus, where number of stakeholders, including NDRF, NIDM, GSDMA, BSDMA etc. displayed various tools, publications and IEC material related to DRR. The NIDM stall distributed hundreds of IEC material to the visitors and was highly appreciated by the Hon'ble Home Minister Shri Sushil Kumar Shinde. Four stalls including that of NIDM were awarded for their good performance in the exhibition.

NATIONAL PLATFORM FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION SECRETARIAT

National Institute of Disaster Management,
5-B, I. P. Estate, Ring Road,
New Delhi 110002, INDIA.
Tele-Fax: +91-11-23724308
Email: npdrr.india@gmail.com
Website: http://nidm.gov.in/npdrr

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