Disaster Management Boosted with Unveiling of ₹8,000 Crore Schemes
Union home minister Amit Shah conducted a meeting with disaster management ministers from states and union territories to discuss disaster risk reduction and strengthen the country’s disaster management system. While presiding over the meeting, Shah announced three major schemes valued at over ₹8,000 crore to improve disaster management efforts across the country.
Disaster Management Boosted with Unveiling of ₹8,000 Crore Schemes: Key Points
- Amit Shah stressed the government’s commitment to ensuring citizens’ safety and well-being during disasters, calling for a proactive approach to minimizing loss of life and property.
- In recent years, Shah praised the national and state-level collective responsibility and response mechanism that developed through extensive discussions on disaster management.
- The government’s successful handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasizing the need for preparedness to deal with disasters, which may vary in nature, frequency and intensity.
- The minister also mentioned various initiatives and achievements in disaster management, such as the India disaster resource network, the common alerting protocol via SMS, and the Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar to honor contributions in the field.
- The first scheme, costing ₹5,000 crore, aims to modernize the fire services in states by enhancing their firefighting capabilities, upgrading equipment, and improving infrastructure to respond effectively to fire emergencies.
- The second scheme, at a cost of ₹2,500 crore, focuses on reducing urban flooding risks in seven major Indian cities by implementing measures to mitigate the impact of flooding in urban areas and safeguarding lives and property.
- The third scheme, worth ₹825 crore, is the National Landslide Risk Mitigation Project, which is aimed at preventing and mitigating landslides in 17 states and Union Territories, ensuring the safety of vulnerable communities.
What topics will this new scheme adhere to?
- Topics on disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, nuclear power plant safety, early warning systems, mitigation fund usage, and strengthening disaster management authorities were discussed in the meeting.
- Ministers and representatives from states and union territories shared valuable inputs, best practices, and views on future challenges in disaster management.