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India should feel not only strong, but also safe: Kiren Rijiju

India should feel not only strong, but also safe: Kiren Rijiju

India Blooms News Service | 01 Feb 2017, 12:15 am
New Delhi, Jan 31 (IBNS): Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju addressed the 12th Raising Day Celebration of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) here on Tuesday.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said that he salutes the brave hearts who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.

He said that the Government is proud of the work done by the NDRF in the past twelve years.

The Minister appreciated the NDRF for their dedication, determination, professionalism and team work. He said that the force has done commendable work not only in India, but also abroad.

Rijiju said that the Force has gained the trust of the people and is helpful for a country, big in size and disaster prone.

Kiren Rijiju said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had unveiled the National Disaster Management Plan last year which has been appreciated by the international agencies/organizations also.

He said that India is playing a leading role in the field of disaster management. He also assured all help from the Government for the efficient functioning of the Force.

Kiren Rijiju said that the portal launched on the occasion today will be helpful in coordination and dissemination of information.

He emphasized that the Force should work in the direction of promoting soft skills and capacity building at the community level.

India should feel not only strong, but safe, he added.

On the occasion, Kiren Rijiju felicitated the family of the Martyrs by presenting Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak to Nitya Nand Gupta and Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak to Bhim Singh, Satish Kumar, K. Vinaygan,Bassvaraj Yaragatti, Santosh Kumar Paswan, Sanjiva Kumar, Pawar Shashi Kant Ramesh and Ahir Rao Ganesh. Later, he gave away President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service and Police Medal for Meritorious Service.

Kiren Rijiju released the NDRF pictorial book and souvenir and also launched the NDRF portal, jointly developed by ISRO and NDRF.

The DG, NDRF,  R K Pachnanda said that the NDRF has trained over 47 lakh people on how to deal with disasters and has saved more than 5 million lives so far.

He also said that NDRF was among the first to respond during the Nepal earthquake in 2015.

He also said that the NDRF was of great help during Kanpur Dehat train accident, Vardah cyclone and other incidents.

India should feel not only strong, but also safe: Kiren Rijiju

India Blooms News Service
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