NEW DELHI, June 1: The first-ever
national plan for disaster management, which encompasses a blueprint for making
the country disaster-resilient and significantly reducing loss of lives and
livelihoods, was unveiled today by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here.
The National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) provides a framework and direction
to the government agencies for all phases of disaster management cycle --
prevention, mitigation, response and recovery.
The NDMP is a dynamic document in the sense that it will be periodically
improved keeping up with the emerging global best practices and knowledge bases
in disaster management, a Home Ministry statement said here.
The vision of the plan is to make India disaster- resilient, achieve
substantial disaster risk reduction, and significantly decrease the losses of
life, livelihoods, and assets economic, physical, social, cultural and
environmental by maximising the ability to cope with disasters at all levels of
administration as well as among communities, the statement said.
"It (NDMP) focuses on disaster resilience and reducing damage during
disasters. The comprehensiveness of this plan is noteworthy. It covers all
phases of disaster management- prevention, mitigation, response and
recovery," Modi tweeted.
The NDMP provides a generalised framework for recovery since it is not possible
to anticipate all the possible elements of betterment reconstruction.
The Prime Minister said to prepare communities to cope with disasters, the plan
emphasises on a greater need for information, education and communication
"A regional approach has been adopted in the NDMP, which helps in disaster
management and in development planning," he added.
The Plan also highlights that the disaster risk reduction will be achieved by
mainstreaming the requirements into the developmental plans.
Globally, the approach towards post-disaster restoration and rehabilitation has
shifted to one of betterment reconstruction.
The NDMP has been aligned broadly with the goals and priorities set out in the
Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction