NDRF’s 8th Battalion wins Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar for disaster relief work

The 8th Battalion of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) located at Ghaziabad has been selected for the newly-instituted Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar for its commendable work in Disaster Management. 
The awardee will receive a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 51 lakh, an official press release said.
The Government had instituted the annual award for individuals and organisations involved in disaster relief work. The award will be announced every year on January 23 on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
The 8th Battalion of NDRF was raised in 2006 and is a highly specialised Rescue and Response Force with a large area of responsibility covering National Capital Region (NCR), Uttarakhand, Western UP and Haryana.
It has participated in 314 major operations and rescued over 50,000 people. In the recent Kerala floods, the battalion rescued 5,338 victims and evacuated 24,000 persons to safety. 
Other major disasters in which this NDRF battalion participated are Leh Cloud Burst (2011), Kedarnath Floods (2013), Cyclone Hudhud (2014), Chennai Floods (2015) and Tripura Floods (2018). The battalion had worked efficiently to neutralise the threat during the radiation Incident at Mayapuri, Delhi during the year 2010.
They have also done commendable disaster management-related work internationally. In the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake in 2015, six teams of the battalion were amongst the first responders to land at Kathmandu. Their teams were also sent to Japan during the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster (2011) and the recent tsunami in Indonesia (2108).
In addition to the response and relief work, the 8th Battalion NDRF has trained a large number of first responders from SDRF, NCC, Civil Defence, Homeguard, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and Nepal Police. The community-based Capacity Building Programmes run by the battalion has benefited over nine lakh people.
In the aftermath of any disaster, many organisations and individuals work silently but effectively to alleviate the suffering of the affected population. Their immense contribution and selfless service to humanity often go unacknowledged. Keeping this in view, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had advised instituting a national award to recognise the efforts of such organisations and individuals, the release said.
All Indian citizens and organizations, who have excelled in areas of Disaster Management like Prevention, Mitigation, Preparedness, Rescue, Response, Relief, Rehabilitation, Research/ Innovations or Early Warning are eligible for the award.
The award scheme for the year 2019 was given wide publicity and nominations of the award were solicited from December 18, 2018, onwards. The last date for receipt of nominations was January 7. As many as 300 nominations from institutions and individuals were received, the release added.

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