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Home Minister Amit Shah unveils Training Manual of Aapda Mitra and Common Alerting Protocol scheme

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Training Manual of Aapda Mitra and Common Alerting Protocol scheme

Aapda Mitra Scheme: Union Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Cooperation Shri Amit Shah released the training manual of Aapda Mitra Scheme and documents of Aapda Mitra and Common Alerting Protocol scheme.

Key Highlights:

  • The training manual of Aapda Mitra Scheme was released on September 29, 2021, on the occasion of 17th foundation day celebrations of “National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)”.
  • In his address at the occasion, the minister noted that, India is moving towards creating a disaster management system to ensure than not a single life is lost, no matter how severe a disaster gets.
  • On the occasion, along with the training manual of Aapda Mitra Scheme he also released the plan documents of Aapda Mitra & Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) as well.
  • Foundation Day of NDMA was celebrated under the theme- ‘Stopping Impact of Disaster Incidents in the Himalayan Region’.

About Aapda Mitra Scheme:

  • The Aapda Mitra Scheme was launched in May 2016 in 25 flood-prone states.
  • Since then, NDMA has been implementing this central sector scheme with a focus on training of 6000 community volunteers (200 volunteers per district) in disaster response in selected 30 most flood prone districts of 25 States of India.
  • NDMA and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are the implementing agencies of this scheme.
  • Aapda Mitra Scheme will now soon be launched by NDMA in 350 districts of India.  
  • Under this scheme, more than one lakh young volunteers from 350 districts will be trained.
  • So far, 5500 Aapda Mitra and 5500 Aapda Sakhi have been trained, who can extend help in case of disaster or natural calamity like flood in remote places.
  • All these volunteers would get life insurance by the government.

About Common Alert Protocol:

Common Alert Protocol (CAP) is a disaster warning or alerting system.

About NDMA:

  • The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), headed by the Prime Minister of India, is the apex body for Disaster Management in India.
  • NDMA was established through the Disaster Management Act enacted by the Government of India (GoI) on 23 December 2005.

Mandate:

  • It is responsible for framing policies, laying down guidelines & best-practices to coordinate with the State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs).
  • It seeks to ensure a holistic and distributed approach to disaster management.

Members:

  • It is headed by the Prime Minister of India and can have up to nine other members.
  • Since 2020, there have been five other members.
  • There is a provision to have a Vice Chair-person if needed.

Vision:

  • Its vision is to “build a safer and disaster resilient India by a holistic, pro-active, technology-driven and sustainable development strategy that involves all stakeholders and fosters a culture of prevention, preparedness and mitigation”

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