A disaster management policy

Something to execute

The mere fact that the Indian government has decided to think systematically about disaster management is good news. It took a tsunami and an earthquake for this to happen, but the additional piece of good news is that there is now a disaster management policy in place.

A specialised disaster response force drawn from paramilitary and police personnel, disaster risk insurance for vulnerable regions, a foolproof emergency communication network, regular monitoring of critical infrastructure and trained teams in all states, are among the key elements of a new, comprehensive disaster management policy which emphasises prevention, mitigation and better management of disasters both natural and man-made. [IE]

It’s easy to issue proclamations, cynics might argue, for the big challenge, as always, lies in its execution. But even cynics will have to admit that there is now something to execute.

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