NDRF celebrates its 16th Foundation Day

New Delhi: National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Wednesday celebrated its 16th Foundation Day on January 20.
Speaking as the Chief Guest on the occasion, the Minister of States for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said this day was an occasion to remember the high level of professionalism, strong determination and achievements earned through hard work.
He further said it was a result of the efficient working of this Force that loss of life and property due to various disasters in the past years has been brought to a minimum level and realizing the vision of women empowerment, the NDRF also inducted women who works shoulder to shoulder with male colleagues during the disaster period.
Mr Rai further said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi was very concerned about disaster management and he himself, along with the Union Home Ministry took stock of preparedness to deal with various disasters like cyclones and floods in the country last year and also visited disaster affected areas.
The Minister also said the Union Home Minister Amit Shah also reviewed disaster management works and schemes and gave valuable directions to the NDRF from time to time. Under his leadership and guidance, the 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.
Conveying his best wishes on the occasion to the recipients of the President’s Medal and other Police Medals, Mr Rai said that it was a matter of great pride that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) participated for the first time in the Republic Day Tableau 2020 and secured the first place.
The program was attended by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) member Lt. General Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd) and the NDRF Director General Satya Narayan Pradhan along with senior officials of the Union Government and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)