Union Home Minister Amit Shah will attend the National Disaster Management Authority’s (NDMA) 18th formation day on September 28.
Shah will be the event’s chief guest, and he will address a gathering of NDMA personnel and others.
Ajay Bhalla, the Union Home Secretary, will also attend the event.
The central government passed the Disaster Management Act on December 23, 2005, which established the National Disaster Management Authority, led by the Prime Minister, and State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs), led by the respective chief ministers, to lead and implement a holistic and integrated approach to disaster management in India.
The NDMA’s vision is to “create a safer and more disaster-resilient India by implementing a holistic, proactive, technology-driven, and long-term development strategy that engages all stakeholders and fosters a culture of prevention, preparedness, and mitigation.”
The NDMA is responsible for developing disaster management policies, plans, and guidelines in order to respond to disasters in a timely and efficient manner.
The NDMA is India’s top disaster management organisation.
The Disaster Management Act of 2005 requires the establishment of the NDMA as well as the establishment of an enabling environment for institutional mechanisms at the state and district levels.
The NDMA’s various responsibilities include establishing disaster management policies, approving the national plan as well as plans prepared by government ministries or departments in accordance with the national plan, establishing guidelines for state authorities to follow when developing the state plan, and laying down guidelines to be followed by the various ministries or departments of the government of India with the intention of integrating preventive measures.
The NDMA also coordinates the enforcement and implementation of disaster management policies and plans, suggests funding allocations for disaster mitigation, offers assistance to other countries affected by major disasters as determined by the central government, and takes other disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, and capacity building actions as deemed necessary.
The NDMA also works closely with the National Institute of Disaster Management to build capacity. It creates procedures, provides hands-on training, and organises disaster drills. It also provides disaster management cells at the state and local levels with equipment and training.