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Institutional structure for disaster management 

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  • July 28, 2020
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Institutional structure for disaster management 

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains III – Disaster Management 

In news: 

  • National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is fighting against the COVID-19; Floods in Assam and Bihar. 

About NDRF 

  • NDRF was established in 2006 under The Disaster Management Act, 2005  
  • It comes under Ministry of Home Affairs 
  • It is the only dedicated disaster response force in the world 
  • It works under National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) which lays down policies, plans and guidelines for disaster management. 
  • Capabilities for undertaking disaster response, prevention, mitigation and capacity building 
  • At present there are 12 battalions in NDRF (three each from the BSF and CRPF and two each from CISF, ITBP and SSB) which are deployed strategically across country to provide immediate response. 
  • All battalions have been equipped and trained to respond natural and man-made disasters including chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) emergencies. 

Do you know? 

  • The Disaster Management Act, 2005 deals with the management of disasters. This act envisaged a three tier Disaster Management structure in India at National, States and District levels.  
  • Under the act, the NDMA, SDMA, NEC, NDRF, NIDM and disaster related funds were established. 

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) 

  • It is a National Authority responsible for laying down the policies, plans and guidelines for disaster management and for ensuring timely and effective response to disaster. 
  • It consists of nine members with prime minister as its ex-officio chairperson. 

National Executive Committee (NEC) 

NEC is responsible for assisting NDMA in execution of various functions for disaster management like – 

  • Implementing the plans and policies of NDMA;  
  • Ensuring compliance with the directives of Central Government;  
  • To act as a coordinating and monitoring body for disaster management;  
  • Prepare the National Plan to be approved by the NDMA;  
  • Prepare guidelines for different ministries with respect to disaster management. 

State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) 

  • A state Disaster Management Authority is established by every state government. 
  • The Chief Minister of the state is the chairperson of SDMA. There are maximum 9 members other than the chairperson. 

State Executive Committee (SEC) 

  • The state government also creates a State Executive Committee to assist the State Authority in the performance of its functions and to coordinate action in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the State Authority and ensure the compliance of directions issued by the State Authority. 
  • Its powers and functions are almost a replica of the NEC at state level. 

District Disaster Management Authority 

  • The DDMA are set up by state government via a notification in the state budget. It consists of Chairperson and seven members. The collector or District Magistrate or Deputy Commissioner would be the chairman. 
  • The DDMA works as a district planning, coordinating and implementing body for disaster management. 
  • It will coordinate with the upper two tiers of the structure and will plan the implementation of the prevention, mitigation and preparedness at local level. 

National Disaster Response Force 

  • For the purpose of specialist response to a threatening disaster situation or disaster. The general superintendence, direction and control of the Force shall be vested and exercised by NDMA. 

National Disaster Response Fund 

  • For meeting any threatening disaster situation or disaster. The central government will be able to use the money from this fund to meet expenses for emergency response, relief and rehabilitation. 

National Institute of Disaster Management 

  • It is responsible for planning and promoting training and research in the area of disaster management. 
  • It is a premier national organization working for human resource development at national level in the area of disaster management.

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