The National Disaster Management Authority has updated the National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) and the draft updated NDMP, 2018 document has been kept in public domain for review and feedback with 25th November, 2018 as the submission deadline.
In this regard, a national consultation on ‘Making India’s National Disaster Management Plan Inclusive’ has been organized by Oxfam India in collaboration with Sphere India, Transboundary Rivers of South Asia (TROSA) and Inter Agency Group, Kerala at the Residency Tower, Thiruvananthapuram Kerala on 23rd November, 2018. The National Consultation was inaugurated by Mr. P.H Kurian IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management, State Relief Commissioner and Convenor, Kerala State Disaster Management Authority in the presence of Dr. Anil Kumar Sinha, IAS (Retd), founder Vice-Chairman, Bihar State Disaster Management Authority, Government of Bihar; Prof. Vinod Menon, Founder Member, National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India; and 40 other participants from various non-government organizations working in the field of disaster management and experts in the field from the states of Assam, Bihar, Kerala, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.
The objective of the National Consultation was to discuss the various chapters of the draft NDMP, 2018 and suggest modifications to make the draft NDMP, 2018 operationally robust and strategically comprehensive to address the concerns of social inclusion, transboundary disaster risk reduction, improved coordination, addressing regional/inter-state diversities, accountability to affected population and the role of civil society organizations. This is envisaged to make India’s Draft NDMP, 2018 incorporate the spirit of the three global framework; Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR, 2015-2030), Paris Agreement on Climate Change (COP 21) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through this process, the Government of India’s draft NDMP 2018 is expected to get recognized as a good practice initiative which could inspire other governments in the South Asian Region and also within the country to improve resilience building of communities affected by natural disasters, climate change and extreme events.
In his welcome address, Mr. Andrio Naskar, India Humanitarian Program Manager, Oxfam India observed that the draft NDMP 2018 provides an opportunity to ensure that this plan is based on the contextual reality of the complex inter-relationship between poverty and inequality in disaster prone and disaster affected areas Mr. Vikrant Mahajan, CEO, Sphere India emphasized on the aspects of improved coordination for preparedness, response and recovery and argued for a better GO-NGO coordination mechanism within the responsibility framework defined in the draft NDMP 2018. Prof. Menon stated that Social Inclusion’ is one of the five core pillars of the draft NDMP2018 and reflected that the consultative process done in 11 districts and in 4 states (Assam, Bihar, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh) helped to compile the aspirations of civil society organizations assisting the strengthening of multi-hazard preparedness, disaster risk reduction, emergency response capacities, rehabilitation, reconstruction and recovery through an inclusive multi-stakeholder engagement. Mr. Anil Sinha highlighted the need to strengthen the institutional mechanisms at the national, state, district and sub-district levels for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in development planning Mr. P.H Kurian shared the complex challenges in rehabilitation, reconstruction, and recovery in the recent devastating Kerala floods and landslides. He argued for improving the disaster management processes especially by restoring disrupted livelihoods and repairing damaged infrastructure and public assets. He felt that the Government of India must review the memorandums submitted by the disaster affected state governments in a time bound manner and cater to the needs of the disaster affected communities in a prompt and efficient manner.
The consultation involved various structured methods of group discussion and open sharing and the participants discussed the various components of the draft NDMP 2018 and suggested several practical recommendations. The findings and recommendations from these consultations will be shared with the National Disaster Management Authority.
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