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Ex-IPS Munnan Singh, DMMC get SC Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar

New Delhi, Jan 23 (UNI) Ex-IPS Kumar Munnan Singh and Disaster Mitigation and Management Centre, Uttarakhand (DMMC) have been selected for the 2020 Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar for their commendable work in Disaster Management, a Home Ministry release said here on Thursday.

While Kumar Munnan Singh, the 2004 Indian Tsunami hero, has been selected in individual category, the DMMC is selected under the institution category for their commendable work in disaster management.

The DMMC will get a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 51 lakh which will be utilized by the winning institution for Disaster Management related activities, while Mr Singh will receive a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh.

Former IPS officer Singh was appointed as a founder Member of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in 2005 following his commendable work during 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and he has been credited for establishing one of its kind specialist response force, the ‘National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from scratch to today’s strong force of 14,000 personnel comprising of 12 battalions. Under the superintendence and directions of Mr Singh, NDRF delivered commendable response in its nascent phase itself during devastating Kosi foods, 2008.

He had also propounded and implemented the concept of Community Capacity Building by the NDRF as a force multiplier and as a result NDRF so far has trained around 60 lakh people who are the first responders amongst their community.

Considering wide gap in the Indian disaster management framework, Mr Munnan Singh formulated the concept and curriculum for training of response forces and veterinarians for management of livestock during disasters and also with comprehensive training and techniques, response forces have been able to timely evacuate and protect livestock during a disaster.

DMMC Uttarakhand discharges the functions of State Disaster Management Authority under the Uttarakhand Government. Since its establishment in 2006, it has coordinated various post disaster functions relating to coordination, requisition, information exchange and media briefing including those after 2010, 2012 and 2013 major disaster incidences.

The DMMC has been organising mock exercises at the state, district and tehsil levels with the support of NDMA and trained state government officials in Incident Response System and organized incidence response training up to the tehsil level.

Instituted in 2019 ,the Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar is announced every year on January 23, the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and last year it was awared to the 8th Battalion of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) located at Ghaziabad for its commendable work in disaster management in 2019.

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