NATIONAL POLICY ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT 2009

NATIONAL POLICY ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT 2009

 

National Policy on Disaster Management 2009:

Approach:

A holistic and integrated approach will be evolved towards disaster management with emphasis on building strategic partnerships at various levels. The themes underpinning the policy are:

  • Community based DM, including last mile integration of the policy, plans and execution.
  • Capacity development in all spheres.
  • Consolidation of past initiatives and best practices.
  • Cooperation with agencies at National and International levels.
  • Multi-sectoral synergy.

 

Objectives:

The objectives of the National Policy on Disaster Management are:

  • Promoting a culture of prevention, preparedness and resilience at all levels through knowledge, innovation and education.
  • Encouraging mitigation measures based on technology, traditional wisdom and environmental sustainability.
  • Mainstreaming disaster management into the developmental planning process.
  • Establishing institutional and techno- legal frameworks to create an enabling regulatory environment and a compliance regime.
  • Ensuring efficient mechanism for identification, assessment and monitoring of disaster risks.
  • Developing contemporary forecasting and early warning systems backed by responsive and fail-safe communication with information technology support.
  • Ensuring efficient response and relief with a caring approach towards the needs of the vulnerable sections of the society.
  • Undertaking reconstruction as an opportunity to build disaster resilient structures and habitat for ensuring safer living.
  • Promoting a productive and proactive partnership with the media for disaster management.

 

Issues:

  • Lack of updation and outdated in nature
  • Lack of coordinated and coherent approach in policy formulation.
  • Policy formulated in 2009, so it does not cover recent and emerging disasters such as cold waves and heat waves.
  • Policy does not recognize climate refugees which results from climate change.