Manipur’s Minister of Relief and Disaster Management, Awangbow Newmai, on Saturday called for 100 percent CSS funding for the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to strengthen the state’s National Disaster Response Force (SDRF). rice field.
Addressing the 3rd session of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2023 (NPDRR), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah, in New Delhi, Newmay said all states in the northeast are remote. “We are facing serious problems of land and inaccessibility,” he said.
He said earthquakes and landslides are a big problem for all northeastern states in seismic zone V, except for Sikkim, which is in seismic zone IV.
As a result, the northeastern states are vulnerable to earthquakes, including the 1897 Assam earthquake (June 12, 1897) with a magnitude of 8.3 on the Richter scale, the 1988 Manipur earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale, and the Manipur earthquake. Citing some of the major earthquakes, he added, 2016 (January 4, 2016) had a magnitude of 6.7.
Emphasizing the Center’s plans to undertake greater national initiatives to reduce landslide and earthquake risks, so that the Northeast becomes more resilient in coping with earthquakes and geological hazards, We emphasized the need for significant long-term investments in these areas.
NE has always used the NDRF for better response, but in practice the SDRF needs to be strengthened, he said, adding that the institutional setup in the northeast is small and specialized in the field of disaster management. He pointed out that there are not many trained people.
SDRF personnel and personnel are typically recruited from state police, he said, and emphasized the need for a dedicated and independent SDRF, as they must receive professional training.
Noting that the northeastern provinces are facing payroll resource problems, the Minister cautioned the central government to consider funding the SDRF along similar lines as the IRB.
“The NDRF may want to think of it as a 100% CS scheme to support all states in providing the necessary funding to engage the necessary staff or consultants,” said Newmai. .
Ministers also stress the need to rely on community-level responders as first responders in disasters and implement a more evolved and comprehensive capacity-building program for effective local-level responses through community-level volunteers. pointed out the need
He further emphasized the need for more resources to strengthen the fire department so it can reach the most remote parts of the state.
“In fact, we need better technical and professional support in our immediate vicinity, so your kind attention to these issues is very helpful,” he added.
Newmai also thanked the central government for significantly increasing the allocation of the SDRF and State Disaster Mitigation Fund SDMF in all states through the recommendations of the 15th Finance Committee.