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India-Russia Joint Commission Meeting on Disaster Management
Mar 28, 2016

The India-Russia Joint Commission meeting was held recently in New Delhi to discuss bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The Russian delegation was chaired by Vladimir Andreevich Puchkov, Minister of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination Consequences of Natural Disasters and the Indian delegation was chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

  • In the meeting India said that the two countries are linked by geography, history and culture and the linkages in the field of disaster management have continued to grow beyond boundaries.

  • During the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction during March last year in Sendai, Japan India-Russia had agreed to enhance ongoing cooperation in dealing with emergency situation, natural disasters, research and training.
  • India is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world. Floods, droughts, cyclones and landslides are common hazards, he added. He mentioned that the country is committed for convergence of disaster risk reduction with developmental programmes and disaster management is not an issue of disaster alone rather it has now become more of development issue.

  • India said that the cooperation in the areas such as controlling floods, minimizing its consequences as well as collaboration in capacity building has been rightly highlighted in our Joint Implementation Plan.

  • India also hoped that with the signing of the Joint Implementation Plan, the two countries will acquire new character with enhanced levels of cooperation in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction.

  • India is of the view that the output of this deliberation will pave way for the comprehensive and structured cooperation to build capacities of the first responder and other allied forces.

  • India said that the field of Disaster Management would initiate new era of friendship that will enable both sides to work in close proximity in order to minimize the risk we face due to increased frequency of natural calamities.

  • India will be benefitted by the state of the art technology and structures, Russia have created to monitor real time basis different events.

  • It is worth mention here that the Annual Summit meeting between the Prime Minister of India and the President of the Russian Federation is the highest institutionalized dialogue mechanism under the Strategic Partnership between India and the Russian Federation.

India has developed sufficient experience in handling disasters and has always been willing to extend technical and financial support to the neighbouring countries. In the aftermath of Nepal earthquake 2015, India was the first country to provide humanitarian assistance and to lead the rescue efforts, he added.

India has adopted an integrated approach to ensure sustainable, inclusive development.

India is making consistent efforts to include disaster mitigation features into the new development programs including revisiting some of the ongoing development schemes for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction.


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