SME Times News Bureau | 22 May, 2019
losses to the tune of $80 billion during 1997-2017 due to natural disasters,
said Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba.
inaugural address at the annual conference of Relief Commissioners and Secretaries
to review Preparedness for South West Monsoon-2019, Gauba, citing a UN Report,
the Union Home Secretary said disasters had caused economic losses of US $3
trillion globally during the last two decades.
suffered losses to the tune of $80 billion during 1997-2017, he added.
He said that the
Centre would provide all possible assistance under the National Disaster Relief
Fund (NDRF) and the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) besides mobilization of
Gauba said the
Centre had released more than Rs. 7,000 crores under SDRF and an additional Rs.
10,000 crore under NDRF last year to the States for Disaster Relief.
He called upon the
States to undertake capacity building of urban local bodies, State Disaster
Response Force, Fire Service and Civil Defence since they are the first
responders during a calamity.
He urged the
States to increase coverage of farmers under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima
Yojana crop insurance scheme to provide immediate relief to farmers in the
event of natural disasters.
During the recent
Cyclone Fani, Gauba said, loss of human lives was minimal due to accurate and
early weather forecasting by India Meteorological Department (IMD) and timely
mobilization of resources besides better coordination among Centre, State
Governments and other relevant agencies.
excellent work done by various agencies in mitigating the hardships caused by
Cyclone Fani, he asked the States to further improve their capabilities to be
able to effectively handle the disaster situations.
The Union Home
Secretary said the Government has sanctioned additional Battalions of National
Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and new Battalions are being set up in J&K,
Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Delhi NCR.