Rajnath lays foundation stone for NDRF campus in Andhra Pradesh
Vijayawada, January 10, 2017
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday laid the foundation stone for the new National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) campus at Konda Pavuluru, Gannavaram, Krishna in Andhra Pradesh.
Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and senior officers were also present on the occasion.
The campus will come up on 50 acres of land provided by the Andhra Pradesh Government and the expenditure for construction will be borne by the Central government. The campus will be completed in two years.
The 10th Battalion of NDRF is responsible for looking after the areas of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka for disaster response.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rajnath Singh applauded the NDRF for combating disasters within the country and beyond and committed himself to the modernisation of the force.
He said the NDRF today had the competence to handle radiological, nuclear and biological disasters. Its efforts have been appreciated not only in India but also in countries like Nepal and Japan where it has provided disaster relief.
Recalling a conversation with the Mayor of a Japanese city, the Union Home Minister said that the mayor was particularly impressed by the way in which NDRF teams have not only rescued the survivors but also recovered the bodies of victims with full dignity.
Appreciating NDRF for being effective, efficient and responsive, the Minister said that people wanted more NDRF Centres and the Ministry was working on it. The personnel of this unique force will be provided with world class accommodation, he promised.
Referring to the request made earlier by Mr. Chandrababu Naidu, Mr Rajnath Singh said the issue of setting up of a Grey Hounds Battalion Centre and CRPF Battalion Centres in Andhra Pradesh is being seriously examined by the MHA.
Earlier, Mr Venkaiah Naidu in his speech said that the Union Government is fully aware of the needs of the people while fighting disasters, whether natural or manmade. The government has increased compensation for loss of life from Rs. 1.2 lakhs to Rs. 4 lakhs and the parameter of 50% crop loss for considering in giving relief has been reduced to 33% crop loss.
Mr Chandrababu Naidu also appreciated the NDRF for its prompt and effective response during disasters, specially Hudhud and Wardha cyclones. He announced that the new NDRF campus will be connected to Vijayawada bypass (4KM) with a metal road very soon and water supply for the campus will be provided form Pollavaram canal. He also requested the Union Home Minister to speed up the implementation of the provisions of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.