According to the PM's primary secy, disaster risk reduction and management are becoming mass movements
Principal Secretary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi PK Mishra said on Saturday that disaster risk reduction and management are becoming a public movement and outlined the vision for the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR).
The NPDRR is a multi-stakeholder forum created by the central government to promote debate, the exchange of ideas, opinions, and experiences, as well as research that is action-oriented and looks for possibilities in the field of disaster risk reduction.
Speaking at the NPDRR's third session's closing event on Saturday, Mishra expressed gratitude for the expanded topical focus and the breadth and depth of the conversations. The event, according to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, is transforming catastrophe risk reduction into a "jan andolan" (popular movement).
Developing Local Resilience in a Changing Climate, the two-day NPDRR session's subject, he said, was in line with PM Modi's 10-point strategy for strengthening local capabilities, particularly in the light of a fast shifting disaster risk scenario.
He added that "learn[ing] from the proceedings of the sessions will go into implementation of the PM's 10-point agenda and the Sendai Framework." "The PM's agenda emphasizes the need for building local capacities and initiatives, and especially women's leadership in disaster risk management," he said.
Mishra, who has participated in all three NPDRR sessions since 2013, proposed two overarching themes for the stakeholders to pursue: developing programs and interventions that are responsive to the needs of the population, and professionalizing the disaster risk management setup at the state and district levels.
The way forward, according to him, is to "professionalize the disaster risk management setup and develop programs and interventions that are responsive to the needs of the people." He added that "all aspects of disaster management functions at all levels - national, state, and district — need to be supported by professionally trained staff, a fit-for-purpose structure, administrative infrastructure, modern workspace, and necessary facilities such as Emergency Operations Cen
He said that policies and programs work hand in hand when it comes to creating programs to meet the requirements of the populace. Working across industries is necessary. Disaster management, the environment, water resources, education, urban development, agriculture, and public health sectors will all need to work together on this.
He expressed pleasure with the resources available for both the professionalization and program development responsibilities and said new technology may increase the effectiveness of disaster management tools and practices in situations like cyclones. Mishra said, "The next three years are incredibly important, and we must pursue this with single-minded devotion.