The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) celebrated its 16th Foundation Day on 20th January 2021 (Wednesday). A special program was organized on this occasion in New Delhi in which Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai was the Chief Guest. During the program he mentioned about the importance of women in managing disaster. With over 100 women personnel having joined NDRF in the last six months, Minister Nityanand said that they were now playing an important role in managing every disaster, standing shoulder to shoulder with their male colleagues. He also said that the efficient working of the force had reduced loss of life and property due to various disasters, to a minimum level.

While congratulating the personnel and officers of the Force, the minister praised their high level of professionalism, strong determination and achievements earned through hard work.

Minister Nityanand said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very concerned about disaster management and had taken stock of the level of preparedness against disasters like floods and cyclones in the bygone year with officials of the ministry of home affairs and concerned state governments, besides visiting various disaster-affected areas. He added that Home Minister Amit Shah also reviewed disaster management works and schemes and gave valuable directions to the NDRF from time to time.

NDRF conducted international disaster management exercises such as the SCO Joint Exercise 2019 and BIMSTEC 2020, to deal with any kind of disaster with mutual support, under the able leadership of the home minister, said Minister Nityanand. Wednesday’s program was attended by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) member Lt. General (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain and the NDRF Director General Satya Narayan Pradhan.