Chennai, 3 March, 2016: “Disasters halt progress and are a hurdle to socio economic development of nations,” said Tamil Nadu Governor, Dr. K. Rosaiah during the release of the book “Disaster Management in India: Evolution of Institutional Arrangements and Operational Strategies” authored by Dr. Mohan Kanda IAS, former member of the National Disaster Management Authority. The book, published by NIRD and Centre for Good Governance was released at function held here at MSSRF in Chennai.
Calling attention to the need for focusing on disaster preparedness, the Governor stated that 85% of areas are vulnerable to disasters in India.
Addressing the audience, Prof. M S Swaminathan, Founder, MSSRF recalled the recent distress that Tamil Nadu especially Chennai and Cuddalore regions faced, following floods and emphasized the need for preparedness in such eventualities. He also urged policy makers to include this book in the syllabus in schools and colleges to make the youngsters prepared for any calamities in future.
Mr. Kamal Kishore, Member NDMA described the book as a timely initiative. “We need to look at disasters beyond crisis to looking at it as risk management. This should happen at the state, district and local levels” he said.
The book describes the practical experiences in disaster management of Dr. Mohan Kanda during his tenure as a member of NDMA.
Scientists, students, academicians and journalists attended the function.