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PRESS RELEASE Kiren Rijiju inaugurates NDMA's India Disaster Response Summit

PRESS RELEASE

Kiren Rijiju inaugurates NDMA's India Disaster Response Summit  

 

NEW DELHI, THURSDAY: Shri Kiren Rijiju, MoS, Home Affairs, inaugurated the India Disaster Response Summit here today (November 9, 2017). Organised jointly by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Facebook, this event discussed as to how can we best leverage social media platforms to 'prepare, respond and recover' for, during and after a disaster.

Calling it a great example of execution on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ten-point agenda on Disaster Management, which has clearly listed harnessing technological innovations to create a culture of disaster resilience in the country, Shri Rijiju said, "The world is moving towards partnerships, where people are proactively partnering with the government in responding to disasters. This partnership is a benchmark and first of its kind – we are the first government to partner with Facebook on disaster response." He also invited other technology companies to create tailored solutions for disaster-related challenges.

Facebook will now share its disaster maps, developed using aggregated, de-identified data, with NDMA. These maps can aid swift disaster response by providing real-time, actionable information. 

Shri R. K. Jain, Member, NDMA, said, “NDMA is proactively using social media for awareness generation. This collaboration is a milestone towards integrating social media with disaster response activities. I am sure this partnership will open new avenues for using mobile technology in disaster situations.”

Speaking during a panel discussion on the need for effective data analysis and tools, Shri Kamal Kishore, Member, NDMA, said, "Social Media can help shape a future where, on the one hand, vulnerable communities become increasingly self-reliant and on the other hand, government agencies have more powerful tools to get real-time feedback and reach out to people whom they seek to serve."

Introducing the Disaster Information Volunteers (DIV) programme, wherein a network of trained volunteers would  provide supplementary information on disasters in their local communities to assist government relief efforts through the Facebook Workplace platform, Facebook's Shri Ritesh Mehta said, "We are aiming to empower communities by building products that connect people and create positive social impact." The programme will be piloted in two disaster prone states - Assam and Uttarakhand.

Besides senior officials of NDMA and Facebook representatives, Ministry of Home Affairs, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Central Government Departments and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) attended the event.