Over the years India has been able to establish a holistic Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) apparatus at National State and District levels. The legal framework and the institutional structure are gradually taking root in dealing with disaster risk management. Disaster Risk Reduction being a cross-cutting development issue requires political and legal commitment, scientific knowledge, careful development planning, application of technology, law enforcement, community participation, early warning systems and effective disaster preparedness and response mechanism. There is a need to foster an enabling environment for developing a culture of prevention and to enable concerted measures to facilitate the integration of disaster management into developmental planning in various sectors and at all levels, from the National to the local, through a participatory decision making process.
In pursuit of this goal, Government of India has constituted a multi-stakeholder National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) vide Government’s Resolution No.47-31/2012-DM-III dated 26th February 2013. The National Platform aims to bring together the whole range of India’s disaster risk community from Government, Parliamentarians, Mayors, Media, International Organizations, NGOs, local community representatives, scientific and academic institutions and corporate businesses etc. It will help in sharing of experiences, views and ideas, present findings of research and action and explore opportunities for mutual cooperation in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction. The output from the National Platform will offer a strategic direction and a road map for the formulation of our future National Action Plans on DRR.
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