India’s Disaster Management Plans Failed Abysmally!

National Disaster Management Plan (NMDP) has been proposed as covering all aspects of disaster management, from prevention to response to recovery and mitigation. However, inadequate training and lack of coordination have failed these schemes and the results of such glaring failure are costly and damaging.

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India's Disaster Management Plans Failed Abysmally!
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Heavy downpour and floods have been ravaging a number of Indian states this monsoon. First, the major flood affected states were Assam, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. In the next phase, it was Bihar, West Bengal, UP, and Arunachal Pradesh.

In Bihar, the death toll has risen to 56, with 69.81 lakh people affected in 1,070 panchayats and 98 blocks. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar made an aerial surveillance, which has become a norm these days for the flood affected regions in India. Nitish Kumar said 1.61 lakh people have been relocated to the safer areas, with 343 relief camps being put for 85,949 affected people.

North Bengal has been affected by floods as well with the death toll of seven. In the worst hit, Alipurduar and  Jalpaiguri  districts, 60,000 people have been affected out of a total number of 1 lakh people affected in the state.

The deluge of flood has impacted Uttar Pradesh as well, with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth taking stringent actions against officers showing laxity in flood relief works. “The government will not pardon laxity at any level or by anyone in flood relief works and all those found responsible for this negligence will face stern punishment,” Adityanth said. This probably has been the offsetting measures of the Gorakhpur tragedy for which the UP government has come under flak from various quarters.

This has been the failure of National Disaster Management Authority, which Prime Minister Modi heads. Last year NDMA released National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) which has been an attempt to make India disaster resilient and reduction in loss of lives. However, the massive loss of property and lives in states that includes Gujarat happened due to floods signifying the failure of the plan to deliver.

NMDP has been proposed as covering all aspects of disaster management, from prevention, response to recovery to mitigation. However, inadequate training and lack of coordination has failed this scheme and the results of such glaring failure are in front of everyone.

This way, the central government is taking out lot of schemes and plans for the betterment of the country, but most which remain in pen and paper. The very designing of those plans and schemes are at fault, lest the abysmal implementation that leaves very few people as recipient of benefits.