Centre sanctions over Rs 939 crore as flood relief assistance to Tamil Nadu

Centre sanctions over Rs 939 crore as flood relief assistance to Tamil Nadu 
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has instructed the release of financial assistance worth Rs. 939.63 crore immediately to Tamil Nadu to assist it in dealing with the situation arising from the floods. The fund was sanctioned in response to the request of the Government of Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile, a central team is also being deputed to Tamil Nadu to assess the damages and further action will be taken after the team submits its report. 

Earlier, a letter from the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu enclosing a detailed memorandum on flood damages was sent to the Prime Minister's Office by a delegation led by Shri S.T.K. Jakkayan, Special Representative of Tamil Nadu. The Government of Tamil Nadu has sought urgent financial assistance from the Centre and has also asked for a central team to be deputed immediately to make an on-the-spot assessment of damages. 

Shri Kiren Rijiju, MoS (Home) inaugurates SAADMEx-2015

High Priority to Disaster management by SAARC countries 
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju, has called for strengthening institutional systems to strengthen the Disaster Response mechanism amongst the South Asian countries. Inaugurating the first "South Asian Annual Disaster Management Exercise" (SAADMEx) – 2015 here today, Shri Rijiju called upon the eight member nations of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to accord high priority and develop better concept of Disaster Management.

Shri Rijiju said India has taken the lead role in the region by hosting the first SAADMEx, primarily because India is the biggest nation in this region and also because a lot has been done by us in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the last 16 months. Pointing out that South Asia is the most disaster prone region in the world and that we may face disasters more frequently in the days to come, he said that we have to create awareness in the minds of the people and empower them since they would be the ones who are going to face it. Shri Rijiju said we are taking DRR seriously, but we have much more to do and work out a proper laid down objective for ourselves on how to be better prepared to face disasters.

Shri Rijiju said that any government programme has to incorporate DRR in their framework as a policy matter. He announced that Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by NIDM with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for M. Phil. & PhD. on Disaster Management subject.

Shri O P Singh, Director General, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), while welcoming the delegates, said that conducting this kind of Disaster Management Exercise among SAARC nations on annual basis is need of the time to develop better mechanism for tackling disasters and also minimize the impact. He also added that disaster response simulation exercise is the test of preparedness of response mechanism of the state.

Dr. Ajay M. Gondane, Additional Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), also addressed the delegates during inaugural session. Addressing the inaugural session Mr. Arjun Bahadur Thapa, Secretary General, SAARC said that formulation of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and organizing disaster management exercise were decided during the Jakarta Disaster Management Summit. Addressing the gathering, Member Secretary, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Shri R.K. Jain said today is beginning of the process of DRR in form of SAADMEx as per the vision of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

Representatives from Embassies/High Commission of SAARC Nations in Delhi and Senior level Officials from concerned Ministries attended the inaugural session.

After the inaugural session, a Table Top Exercise was conducted by NDRF. The purpose of the Exercise was to provide participants with an opportunity to review and discuss disaster response plans & capabilities of an affected country by both national authorities and SAARC region countries.

The SAADMEx will continue till November 26, 2015. On November 24, 2015 Joint Field Training Exercise on Collapsed Structure Search & Rescue (CSSR) will be conducted at NTH Complex, Kamla Nehru Nagar, Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh). Further, on November 25, 2015, Joint Field Training Exercise on Chemical Emergency will be conducted at Greater Noida (U.P.). The four-day long SAADMEx-2015 is being organized jointly by NDMA, NIDM, NDRF and MHA. Delegations and rescuers from each of the eight SAARC nations- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Srilanka are participating in SAADMEx-2015. 

Union Home Minister visits Shanghai and concludes China visit today 
The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh has visited Shanghai, China from November 21-23, 2015 as part of his ongoing visit to China. He was accompanied by the Vice Minister of Ministry of Public Security, Mr. Chen Zhenmin throughout the Shanghai leg of the visit.

Shri Rajnath Singh met the Mayor of Shanghai, Mr. Yang Xiong earlier today who also hosted a banquet in honour of the visiting Home Minister of India. During the meeting with Mayor of Shanghai, Shri Rajnath Singh appreciated the efforts of the Shanghai Municipal Government to establish the city as a leading global financial, economic, trade and transportation hub with particular focus on innovation and technology. Both sides also discussed ways to further institutionalise annual exchanges as part of the sister city relationship with Mumbai, in particular strengthening of exchanges between the police forces of Shanghai and Mumbai.

The Union Home Minister also visited the Shanghai Public Security Bureau’s (PSB) Central Command and Control Center, which is the largest single unit to respond to emergency calls, monitor traffic and manage rescue drills. He also paid a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple and extended an invitation to the Chief Abbot to lead a delegation of Buddhist monks to India next year. Shri Rajnath Singh also visited the Pudong Free Trade Zone and was given a detailed presentation on how FTZ’s have attracted foreign investments in Shanghai in IT, innovation and knowledge sharing sectors.

Earlier on November 22, 2015, Shri Rajnath Singh addressed a gathering of Indian community in Shanghai at the Infosys premises in Zhangjiang Hi-tech Park. Indians from Suzhou, Shaoxing, Yiwu and Keqiao had also joined in the interaction organized by the Indian Association of Shanghai. He lauded the contributions of the Indian community in the Eastern China region in further deepening India China bilateral trade and economic relations. He also called upon them to encourage Chinese companies to take part in ongoing infrastructure development projects including in the Make in India campaign, which could then be transformed to its next level of “Scale Up India”.

The Union Home Minister also visited the China Arts Museum on November 22, 2015 and viewed the ongoing exhibit of largest ever Indian arts to visit China, i.e. “Forms of Devotion”, which will remain on display in Shanghai till mid February 2016 as part of the India Culture Week launched earlier this month. He also visited the site of the founding of the Communist Party of China in Shanghai, along with a visit to a nearby police station in Xin Tian Di which functions as a ‘paperless’ sub-bureau of Shanghai PSB.

As a special gesture, Shri Rajnath Singh was received and seen off at the time of arrival and departure by the Vice Mayor of Shanghai, Mr. Bai Shaokang, who is also in-charge of the Public Security Bureau in Shanghai. 

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