Shah Praises FANI Rescue

Union Minister for Home Affairs, Amit Shah said the Nation came a long way over the last two decades in its response to disasters and improved its capabilities in minimizing losses of human lives and damage to the economy.

Mr.Shah said this while dedicating the Nation the new campus of the National Fire Service College (NFSC) in Nagpur on 2 January.

Union Minister MSME Nitin Gadkari, MoS Home Nityananda Rai and other dignitaries were present.

Director General Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards M Nageswar Rao graced the occasion.

The Home Minister cited the Odisha Super Cyclone in 1999 in which more than 10,000 people had died, in comparison to the recent cyclone ‘FANI’ that claimed 64 lives, which reflected the huge capabilities built in Disaster Response mechanisms.

In fact , the Odisha Government showed a high degree of preparedness and effectively managed to evacuate about 1.6 million people based on these predictions, say officials in World Bank.
The Government of Odisha successfully managed to minimize the loss of life; this itself was not a small exercise and required tremendous effort.

In the other words, in a little over a decade, India has been able to reduce the loss of lives to less than 1 Percent in the comparisons to that of past, Home Minister said.
The Home Minister presented Fire Service Gallantry Medals and awards to meritorious students of the NFSC during the event.

Further, he also laid the foundation of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Academy at Nagpur. Mr.Shah also announced Subhash Chandra Bose Award in the field of Disaster Management.

Mr.Shah paid tributes to the martyred fire services officers and talked about how Modi government has given importance to institutionalise the capacity building in the field of Fire Services and National Disaster Management by building dedicated institutions like NFSC and NDRF Academy, which have been neglected for the past 70 years.

He expressed hope that though fire services are a State subject, all States would have a better coordination with the Centre to fight fire disasters through the NFSC. The Minister added that the government has allocated over Rs. 200 crores for the modernization of the NFSC. He talked about the short and long term courses that would be run in this institution.

The Home Minister expressed pride that due to sustained efforts of Modi Government since 2016, NDRF has emerged as the leading disaster management force globally and it has achieved all benchmarks under Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Mr.Shah talked about the steps taken by Modi Government for optimization of disaster management resources at the district level. He acknowledged the efforts of NDRF being the first responder during disasters in our neighboring countries and how it is getting accolades for India from its neighbors.
Minister Home Affairs Mr.Shah further said that India has become the hub for training disaster management personnel in the SAARC region and expressed hope that this will facilitate exchange of best practices and minimize the effects of disasters on the people.
Further, he said that India needs to prepare itself to efficiently fight disasters and make the infrastructure disaster resilient for achieving the target of $5 trillion economy in near future.

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