New Delhi (NVI): The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) today celebrated its 16th Foundation Day at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi where Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai, who was the Chief Guest, congratulated personnel and officers of the force.
During the program Rai said, “This day is a occasion to remember the high level of professionalism, strong determination and achievements earned through hard work. It is 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.”
He added that realizing the vision of women empowerment, the NDRF also included women who were playing an important role in every disaster, shoulder to shoulder with male colleagues.
The minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very concerned about disaster management and the PM Modi with the Home Affairs Ministry and the state governments took stock of the level of preparedness to deal with various disasters like cyclones, floods in the country last year.
Rai also said the Home Minister Amit Shah also reviewed disaster management works and schemes and gave valuable directions to the NDRF from time to time.
“Under the leadership and guidance of the Home Minister, 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,” he was quoted saying in a statement.
Rai further conveyed his best wishes to the recipients of the President’s Medal and other Police Medals and said it is a matter of great pride that the NDRF participated for the first time in the Republic Day Tableau 2020 and secured the first place, the statement added.
NDMA member Lt. General (Retd) Syed Ata Hasnain, NDRF Director General Satya Narayan Pradhan along with senior officials of the Union Government and NDRF also attended the program.