Union Home Minister felicitates NDRF teams for their relief & rescue assistance in Nepal

The Union Home Minister has congratulated the teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for their exemplary work done in rescue and relief operations in recent earthquake in Nepal.

  • Indian relief and rescue teams were the first to reach Nepal immediately to join hands with friendly neighbor in their hour of need.


  • The Disaster Management Act has made STATUTORY provisions for the constitution of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for the purpose of specialized response to natural and man-made disasters.

Why was it constituted?

  • Two national calamities in quick succession in the form of
    • Orissa Super Cyclone (1999) and
    • Gujarat Earthquake (2001)
      brought about the realization of the need of having a specialist response mechanism at National Level to effectively respond to disasters.


  • This realization led to the enactment of the DM Act on 26 Dec 2005.
  • NDRF has been proving its importance by highly skilled rescue and relief operations, regular and intensive training and re-training, capacity building & familiarization exercises within the area of responsibility, carrying out mock drills and joint exercises with the various stakeholders.


  • Specialized response during disasters
  • Proactive deployment during impending disaster situations
  • Acquire and continually upgrade its own training and skills
  • Liaison, Reconnaissance, Rehearsals and Mock Drills
  • Impart basic and operational level training to State Response Forces (Police, Civil Defence and Home
  • Community Capacity Building Programme
  • Public Awareness Campaign
  • Exhibitions : Posters, Pamphlets, literatures

Why it is said to be a UNIQUE Force?

  • It is the only dedicated disaster response force of the world.
  • The only agency with comprehensive response capabilities having mulch-disciplinary and multi-skilled, high-tech, stand alone nature.
  • Experienced paramilitary personnel specially trained and equipped for disaster response.
  • Capabilities for undertaking disaster response, prevention, mitigation and capacity building.
  • The NDRF works under the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) which lays down the policies, plans and guidelines for disaster management.

Sources: PIB, ndrfandcd.gov.in.


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