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At annual meet of Disaster Response Force, pat on the back from Amit Shah & roadmap for future

Several top officers were present at NDRF's 'Annual Conference on Capacity Building for Disaster Response', including BSF's Pankaj Kumar Singh & NSG's M.A. Ganapathy.

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New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Thursday that India has increased its stature in disaster management, adding that its capacity is ahead of some countries.

He was speaking at Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan on the first day of the National Disaster Response Force’s (NDRF’s) two-day ‘Annual Conference on Capacity Building for Disaster Response’.

Several top officers were present at the event, including Border Security Force (BSF) Director General (DG) Pankaj Kumar Singh, Fire Services DG Taj Hassan, and National Security Guard (NSG) DG M.A. Ganapathy, among others.

“We have travelled a long way in disaster management. The rehabilitation-centric approach was there before the 1990s. Now, we are able to get information much before any disaster,” Shah said.

“Due to information received earlier, we are able to save lives and reduce damage to property. In disaster management, we are on a par with the world in many places and ahead of several countries on various occasions. It is a matter of joy for us.”

He also said the NDRF should work on establishing a system that gives people quick alerts regarding incidents of lightning.

“NDRF DG Atul Karwal should work… to establish the alert system by combining the strength of NCC, NSS and Home Guards. A women’s self-help group will have to be added to this work. The training should be done at the gram panchayat level too,” Shah added. “Besides, there should be a system for people to be trained in the regional language in each and every state.”

The Union minister further said over 21,000 personnel of the state disaster response forces (SDRFs) have been trained and nearly 32 sets of guidelines have been composed as preventive measures to be taken during a disaster.

He also lauded the NDRF’s efforts in saving lives and helping the needy during disaster-like situations, as well as supporting SDRFs.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses the NDRF's Annual Conference on Capacity Building for Disaster Response, at Delhi's Vigyan Bhawan | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses the NDRF’s Annual Conference on Capacity Building for Disaster Response, at Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Union Home Minister Amit Shah standing for National Anthem before addressing the Annual Conference on Capacity Building for Disaster Response- 2022 | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The home minister stands up for the national anthem | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Union Home Minister Amit Shah during an event at Vigyan Bhawan | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Amit Shah at Vigyan Bhawan | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Union Home Minister Amit Shah during Annual Conference on Capacity Building for Disaster Response- 2022 at Vigyan Bhawan | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The home minister at Vigyan Bhawan | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Union Home Minister Amit Shah during Annual Conference on Capacity Building for Disaster Response- 2022 at Vigyan Bhawan | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Amit Shah at Vigyan Bhawan | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
BSF DG Pankaj Kumar Singh and Fire Services DG Taj Hassan share a light moment as NSG DG M.A. Ganapathy looks on | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
BSF DG Pankaj Kumar Singh and Fire Services DG Taj Hassan share a light moment as NSG DG M.A. Ganapathy looks on | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
NCRB Director Vivek Gogia in conversation with CBI Director Subodh Jaiswal | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
NCRB Director Vivek Gogia in conversation with CBI Director Subodh Jaiswal | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Left to Right: Chief of Fire Service Taj Hassan, BSF DG Pankaj Kumar Singh, and during the BPR&D DG Balaji Srivastava during the Annual Conference on Capacity Building for Disaster Response- 2022 at Vigyan Bhawan | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
BSF DG Pankaj Kumar Singh and Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) DG Balaji Srivastava share a laugh while Fire Services chief Taj Hassan looks on | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
CBI Director Subodh Jaiswal talking with BSF DG Pankaj Kumar Singh during the Annual Conference on Capacity Building for Disaster Response- 2022 at Vigyan Bhawan | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
CBI Director Subodh Jaiswal has a chat with BSF DG Pankaj Kumar Singh at the NDRF conference | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
BSF DG Pankaj Kumar Singh, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Additional Director General (ADG) Amrit Mohan Prasad, and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) DG Kuldiep Singh at the conference | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
BSF DG Pankaj Kumar Singh, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Additional Director General (ADG) Amrit Mohan Prasad, and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) DG Kuldiep Singh at the conference | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla claps during Union Home Minister Amit Shah's speech | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla claps during Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s speech | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
SPL DG Fire & Emergencies Service, Assam Mukesh Aggarwal and ADDL DG PAC, UP Ajay Anand during Annual Conference on Capacity Building for Disaster Response- 2022 at Vigyan Bhawan | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Special DG, Fire & Emergency Services, Assam, Mukesh Aggarwal, and Additional DG, Provincial Armed Constabulary, UP, Ajay Anand at the NDRF conference | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
NDRF Personal during Annual Conference on Capacity Building for Disaster Response- 2022 at Vigyan Bhawan | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
NDRF personnel at the conference | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

With inputs from ANI

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