NDMA to Launch ‘Aapda Mitra’ Scheme: Amit Shah

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will be launching the ‘Aapda Mitra’ scheme in 350 districts of the country soon.

Speaking at the 17th foundation day of NDMA here he said, “It is heartening to know that more than one lakh young volunteers in 350 districts will be trained through Aapda Mitra Scheme.

I congratulate the Aapda Mitra fraternity! The government will also provide life insurance to these volunteers. I think it is a very big step.”

He also said that 5,500 Aapda Mitra and the same number of Aapda Sakhi have been trained so far who can extend help in case of disaster or natural calamity such as flood in remote places. He also said that the government will arrange life insurance for all these volunteers.

Noting that despite the swift actions by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Forces (SDRF) to reach the affected areas, Shah said that some time it takes hours and more to reach the site. “Here, these Aapda Mitra will be playing a crucial role.” he said.

Congratulating NDMA for creating an apt environment of awareness generation on Disaster Management in the entire country, the Home Minister also said, because of leaps taken in the direction of Cyclone Alert Systems, while there were more than 10,000 mortalities in Odisha Super Cyclone in 1999, now it has been reduced to double digits but our aim should be ‘Zero Mortality’.

The Home Minister also said that the disaster management course should be made part of secondary schools syllabus so that the children will learn the techniques from the beginning and they might not need detailed training for it later.

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