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Together, towards a safer India

Monthly Newsletter of the Ministry of Home Affairs

(National Disaster Management Division) Government of India
Edition 7 - March 2004

Inauguration of World Congress on Natural Disaster

Mitigation by Hon’ble Prime Minister –
Government to set-up a Disaster Mitigation Fund
Hon’ble Prime Minister
inaugurates the World Congress Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee inaugurated the World
on Natural Disaster Mitigation on Congress on Natural Disaster Mitigation, organized by The Institution of
February 19, 2004 Engineers (India) under the aegis of World Federation of Engineering
Organizations with the support of the Ministries of Home Affairs, Urban
Hon’ble Deputy Prime Minister Development, Rural Development, Railways and the Planning Commission on
stresses the need for adopting a 19th February, 2004 at the Vigyan Bhawan.
holistic approach to reduce
our vulnerabilities in his
Valedictory Address on
February 22, 2004

Joint Work Plan of

Ministry of Home Affairs and the
Confederation of Indian Industry
to involve corporate sector in
Disaster Management

Launch of Disaster Management

Helpline by the Municipal
Corporation of Greater Mumbai

Visit of a Vietnamese delegation

to study Disaster Management
systems and structures in India

Signing of Memorandum of Inaugurating the Congress, the Prime Minister said that the history of mankind
Understanding with the is in many ways the history of man’s struggle against natural calamities and
Government of Uttar Pradesh for planning for disasters must take into account the natural instinct of people to
implementation of GoI-UNDP assist the affected areas and populace and the participation of people must be
Disaster Risk Management ensured in all aspects of disaster management. He appealed to the nations to
Programme share the knowledge and expertise garnered by them since disaster
management was one field in which there should not be any barriers to
Progress of work under the GoI- international cooperation, as evidenced by the overwhelming response to the
UNDP DRM Programme earthquakes in Bhuj in 2001 and Bam (Iran) in December, 2003.

Referring to the organic link between disaster mitigation and human

Progress of work under Urban development, the Prime Minister said that the overarching goal of halving
Earthquake Vulnerability poverty, improving educational and health status of poor can be realized only
Reduction Programme (UEVRP) if the poor are spared the ravages of natural disasters. It is with this aim in
view that Government of India is systematically working to reduce disaster risk
Together, towards a safer India
by adopting modes of development on 22 nd February, 2004, Hon’ble Hon’ble Deputy Prime Minister said
which lead to sustainable development Deputy Prime Minister, Shri L.K. that the Government has taken the
through disaster risk reduction. The Advani referred to the visible shift in first few but significant steps towards
Government has stipulated disaster Government’s approach to disaster vulnerability reduction and is steadily
mitigation to be an important management with mitigation being moving towards the goal of sustainable
component of national development made multi-disciplinary spanning development for building a safer and
process since it is felt that flawed, across all sectors of development. secure India. He hoped that the World
inappropriate and unbalanced Congress would come up with
Hon’ble Deputy Prime Minister
development is in itself responsible concrete recommendations and action
emphasized the need to build safe
for contributing to disaster risk. To plan for natural disaster mitigation.
housing stock in urban as well as
achieve this objective, the Government
rural areas since it is not earthquakes
has formulated the National The World Congress was attended by
or cyclones but the collapse of
Earthquake Mitigation Project and nearly 700 delegates from Asia, Africa,
buildings during these calamities which
National Cyclone Mitigation Project America, Europe and the Pacific drawn
result in massive loss of lives. It is in
and has also recommended to the from a spectrum of organizations and
this context that the Engineers and
12th Finance Commission to create a in all 104 Papers were presented in
Architects have to play a key role by
Disaster Mitigation Fund of Rupees the Congress. The outcome of the
ensuring incorporation of disaster-
5,000 crore. deliberations was the NEW DELHI
resistant features in fresh
DECLARATION comprising separate
Hon’ble Prime Minister also referred constructions through rigorous
to the vital role played by the enforcement of building bye-laws. The segments on Policy and Planning
Engineers in disaster risk reduction Deputy Prime Minister felt that the Issues; Financing and Insurance; Risk/
and urged them to help build a safe Engineers and Architects have a social damage Assessment and Retrofit
built environment by well-designed and responsibility to discharge and he Index; Technology Intervention;
properly constructed structures with hoped that they would not be found Knowledge Network; GIS, IT and Micro
quality materials which could withstand wanting in their efforts to achieve this Zonation and Bye-laws and their
the earthquake with minimum loss and objective. Enforcement.
hoped that the deliberations in the
Congress would contribute to
enlarging the range of engineering
solutions to risk reduction.

During the course of the deliberations

over a period of three days, a number
of sessions were held on various
facets of disaster mitigation and
management viz. Natural Disasters-
Global Dimensions and Impact on
Development; Capacity Building and
Financing for Disaster Mitigation;
Engineering for Natural Disaster
Mitigation and the Lessons from Major
Disasters. The Plenary sessions on
these subjects were followed by
thematic presentations on different

Delivering the Valedictory Address on

the conclusion of the World Congress
Together, towards a safer India
Ministry of Home Affairs- distinction of being the first municipality the DRM Programme in the State.
to launch a telephone helpline for The Relief Commissioner, UP signed
Confederation of Indian Industry information on disaster management. the MoU on behalf of the State. The
evolve a joint Work Plan The Helpline, with the three-digit activities are being initiated with
number 108, was inaugurated by the identification of human resource
In a meeting between the Joint
Mayor, Mumbai. The objective of the support to the State for implementation
Secretary (DM), Ministry of Home
Helpline is to provide a single point of programme at state and district
Affairs (MHA) and the Deputy Director
interface for reporting disasters and levels.
General, CII, a joint Work Plan for
to mobilize a coordinated and speedy
association of corporate sector in
response by various agencies to meet PROGRESS OF WORK
disaster management was evolved.
The Confederation of Indian Industry
any emergency situation. Awareness UNDER GoI-UNDP DRM
generation campaign for popularizing
would take the initiative to involve its
the Helpline has also been initiated.
nearly 5,000 member industries in
disaster management activities Visit of a Vietnamese UTTARANCHAL: A two-day workshop
including awareness generation, was organized by District Disaster
training of personnel of industries in
delegation to study Disaster Management Committee,
disaster management activities and a Management systems and Rudraprayag on the role of PRIs in
training module to be developed and structures in India disaster prevention, preparedness and
the trained manpower to be linked to mitigation. The Zilla Panchayat
the local district administration, A delegation from Vietnam led by Mr. chairperson, district officials and 35
industries to conduct mock-drills on Bui Nguyen Hong, Deputy Director of members from Zilla Panchayat, Nagar
natural and industrial disasters Dike Management, Flood and Storm Panchayat etc. participated in it. The
(accidents) in tandem with the District Control, Vietnam and comprising workshop focused on the role PRIs
Administration. Such mock-drills are officials from Departments of could play in awareness generation
to be conducted especially in Agriculture, Rural, Defense, Science and training. This was followed by
chemical, mining and pharmaceutical & Technology, Hydro-Meteorological, training of PRI members at three
industry, development of on-site and Interior, Planning and Investment etc. blocks of Rudraprayag in which more
off-site disaster management plans, paid a visit to India from 1st to 5th than 150 members participated.
resources and equipments available February, 2004 to study the systems
and structures for Disaster GUJARAT: A two-day workshop was
with the industry to be uploaded into
Management in India. Apart from organized with ‘Save the Children’
the India Disaster Resource Network
interacting with the officials in the organization on ‘Addressing Children’s
(IDRN) for access by Administration
Ministry of Home Affairs and visit to Issues in Emergencies’ in Ahmedabad
in any eventuality and CII and its
the Control Room, the delegation with an objective to understand the
local chapters to organize
visited the Indian Meteorological specific vulnerability of children in the
Sensitization Sessions for industries
Department, the National Institute of immediate aftermath of a disaster, to
in disaster mitigation and management
Disaster Management, the respond to their special needs and to
in association with MHA and the
Confederation of Indian Industry and evolve suitable recommendations.
concerned State Government.
other institutions to learn about On 5th and 6th February, disaster
The action points listed in the Work disaster management and mitigation management orientation and first aid
Plan are being implemented across initiatives in India. training for Home Guards was held at
the country.
Sasam in Junagadh district. On 16th
Signing of MoU with the
Launch of Disaster Government of Uttar Pradesh
and 17th February, an orientation
workshop was held in Kutch for Block
Management Helpline by the for implementation of GoI- Resource Centers (BRCs) and Cluster
Municipal Corporation of UNDP DRM Programme Resource Centres (CRCs) of the
Greater Mumbai Gujarat Council of Primary Education
A Memorandum of Understanding was Programme (DPEP/SSA) with
The Municipal Corporation of Greater signed between the Government of participation from BRC and CRC
Mumbai has earned the unique UP and UNDP for implementation of coordinators from Bhuj, Nakhatrana,
Together, towards a safer India
Lakhpat, Mandavi, Mundra talukas etc. train them so that they will be the highlighting introduction of a course
On 13 th February, Indian Gas resource persons for their own on Disaster Management.
organized a mock-drill in villages departments to identify the buildings
through which their gas pipelines pass which need to be retrofitted or Urban Earthquake
and shared emergency response strengthened. Vulnerability Reduction Project
plans. A Health Mela was organized
DELHI: The Deputy Commissioner,
in Talaja taluka in Bhavnagar in which JALLANDHAR: A panel discussion
North District organized a Health Mela
village DMT members volunteered to was organized on Punjab
from 13th to 15th February in which an
explain hazard specific safety tips to Doordarshan under the program
Information Facilitation and
people. ‘Baithak’ on 13 th February for
Dissemination Stall was put up and
generating awareness on earthquakes
WEST BENGAL: A one-day handouts in Hindi on earthquake and
and local Cable Networks have also
orientation of District Nodal Officers fire hazard were distributed along with
started telecasting movies on
and NGOs on Disaster Risk interaction with the community to
earthquake. On 29th February, First
Management Programme and their increase awareness about natural
Community Meeting with RWAs was
roles and responsibilities was hazards.
taken by ADC, Jallandhar to sensitize
organized in ATI, Kolkata. Twenty
participants including ADM (Relief) and Central Board of Secondary them about disaster preparedness.

other officers attended it. Education DEHRADUN: Government Polytecnic

College conducted an Earthquake
Indian Institute of Architects (IIA),
A two-day training programme was Awareness Program with participation
Bengal chapter organized a talk on
organized by CBSE for the teachers of 40 Civil Engineering students.
disaster management with special
from various schools of West Bengal
reference to earthquake resistant DELHI: Earthquake sensitization
on 12-13 February at Bhartiya Vidya
hospitals in which over 60 Architects meetings were held in North East and
Mandir, Kolkata in which 86 teachers
participated. East districts with RWAs and line
participated. They were informed
departments as well as for civil
A three-day training programme was about various natural phenomena, the
defence volunteers of West district.
organized in Orissa including field visit Community Based Disaster
for the District Project Officers from Management with special emphasis UTTAR PRADESH: Housing Deptt.
Cooch Bihar, Nadia and 24 Parghanas on children’s role in preparedness. interacted with Press to create
from 16th to 18th February. The DPOs awareness about EQ and safe
discussed their work plan and A mock evacuation drill was held in
construction practices and the role of
implementation strategy. Presentation Convent School, Delhi
Press in disseminating information to
without the students or teachers being
A five-day Training of Trainers (ToT) the community.
informed about it. More than 700
was organized from 23 rd to 27 th students, teachers and support staff
February at ATI, Kolkata with 45 evacuated two multi-storey buildings Published by:
participants from ten districts along in less than four minutes in an orderly Shri R.K. Singh
with members from Red Cross, Civil manner Joint Secretary
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also given hands on training on The school has installed a special
preparation of Village Disaster siren which they use without
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