KUMAR MUNNAN SINGH
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Government of India has instituted an annual award known as Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar.
- This is to recognise the excellent work done by individuals and institutions in India in the field of disaster management.
- The award is announced every year on 23rd January, the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
- The nominations were scruitnised by the two high level Committees.
- For the year 2019, 8th Battalion of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) located at Ghaziabad, had been selected for the award for its commendable work in disaster management.
Award for individual:
- A certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakhs.
Shri Kumar Munnan Singh:
- Shri Kumar Munnan Singh was appointed as a founder Member of the National Disaster Management Authority in 2005 following his commendable work during 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.
- In NDMA, Shri Singh envisioned and had taken painstaking efforts to establish, one of its kind specialist response force, the ‘National Disaster Response Force’ from scratch to today’s strong force of 14,000 personnel comprising of 12 battalions.
- Under the superintendence and directions of Shri Singh, NDRF delivered commendable response in its nascent phase itself during devastating Kosi foods, 2008.
- Shri Singh 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, Shri Singh formulated the concept and curriculum for training of response forces and veterinarians for management of livestock during disasters.
- With comprehensive training and techniques, response forces have been able to timely evacuate and protect livestock during a disaster.
- Protection of animals during disasters is directly related to livelihood issue of rural population.
- It is hoped that this initiative of Shri Singh will have a significant and positive impact on livelihood sustainability of rural population in areas vulnerable to perennial floods and cyclones.
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