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NDMA to launch ‘Aapda Mitra’ scheme in 350 dists: Amit Shah

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New Delhi, Sep 28: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will be launching the ‘Aapda Mitra’ scheme in 350 districts of the country soon.

Speaking at the 17th foundation day of NDMA here he said, “It is heartening to know that more than one lakh young volunteers in 350 districts will be trained through Aapda Mitra Scheme. I congratulate the Aapda Mitra fraternity! The government will also provide life insurance to these volunteers. I think it is a very big step.”

He also said that 5,500 Aapda Mitra and the same number of Aapda Sakhi have been trained so far who can extend help in case of disaster or natural calamity such as flood in remote places.

He also said that the government will arrange life insurance for all these volunteers.

Noting that despite the swift actions by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Forces (SDRF) to reach the affected areas, Shah said that some time it takes hours and more to reach the site. “Here, these Aapda Mitra will be playing a crucial role.” he said.

He also said that the NDMA has prepared guidelines for 17 types of disasters so far.

Congratulating NDMA for creating an apt environment of awareness generation on Disaster Management in the entire country, the Home Minister also said, because of leaps taken in the direction of Cyclone Alert Systems, while there were more than 10,000 mortalities in Odisha Super Cyclone in 1999, now it has been reduced to double digits but our aim should be ‘Zero Mortality’.

The Home Minister also said that the disaster management course should be made part of secondary schools syllabus so that the children will learn the techniques from the beginning and they might not need detailed training for it later.

“I congratulate NDRF for their excellent work in Disaster Response. It has provided a much-needed ray of assurance to the citizens in times of emergencies”, the Minister said, adding that under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Government now takes proactive steps in post-disaster assessments and does not wait for the State to send reports.

Referring to the Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984, Shah said that the NDMA should have been set up at that time only.

During the second Covid-19 wave, the Home Minister said, there were parts that were also affected by cyclones. When a cyclone comes there are power outages but the Government pre-emptively ensures that no hospital remains without power and the Oxygen carrying trains are not halted because of the Cyclone.

I am happy to state that not even one patient died because of power outages and no train derailed during the cyclone, he added.

During the occasion, the Home Minister also launched the scheme document, training Manual for Aapda Mitra and scheme document for Common Alerting Protocol (CAP).

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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