National Summit on Disaster Management

a)   “Industry must be an important stakeholder in the National Disaster management agenda”, said Mr M Shashidhar Reddy, Vice Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) at the National Summit on Disaster Management, held on18 -19 December, 2012, New Delhi. CII, in partnership with the NDMA and with the UNDP as an institutional partner,   organized this Summit with a focus on Forging Partnerships for Readiness and Relief. The two day summit enabled stakeholders to understand diverse perspectives and learn from shared best practices on how to create a framework that would help in the mitigation as also in providing relief and assisting in rehabilitation efforts during disasters.


b)   Emphasizing the importance of disaster Management, Mr Reddy said that losses due to disasters in 2011 totaled approximately US $ 300 billion globally. This caused considerable damage to the community and the environment. As industry draws its sustenance from the community, it must step forward and be involved in disaster management in the interest of the community and its own interest. Industry should include community provisions on disaster preparedness and early response options as part of its CSR activities. It should look at measures such as mass capacity management, hospital safety issues, factoring in resilience in building construction”, Mr. Reddy added. Further, he emphasized the need for need for adoption of ISO standards for mitigation and preparedness, these standards need to be upgraded on a regular basis. He urged CII to institutionalize Business Continuity methods, not only for large industries but also for SMEs. He looks forward to working with CII on this.


c)    Disaster Management is an area of increasing importance as the incidence of disasters whether natural or human induced is rising world wide. India’s geo-climatic conditions make the country extremely disaster prone. Every year, we lose 2 % of our GDP as a result of disasters, and unfortunately, it is the poor and the vulnerable sections of society who are the worst affected.


d)      Mr T K A Nair, Adviser to the Prime Minister said that the NDMA has come a long way in the last 7 years. He shared that the basic structure with regard to disaster management was put in place the day after Tsunami struck at the end of 2004. NDMA now plays a critical role in disaster management efforts. Mr. Nair added that we should understand that disaster management cannot be done by government alone and needs the combined efforts of government, industry, and civil society.


e)    Mr V K Duggal, Member, NDMA, said that the corporate response in environmental protection and as a resource provider for initial response after a disaster is critical. He pointed out that some of the areas where industry could be a resource provider such as: developing immediate response inventory, promote disaster preparedness, pharmaceuticals, health care, risk insurance tools for disaster, logistics and supply chain solutions.   Industry as a stakeholder has always helped in providing relief in various forms. He also complimented CII and said that it had been in the fore front of providing much needed support during disasters such as Bhuj earthquake, Tsunami, etc. He emphasized that the conference should be able to identify a framework for mutual cooperation amongst various stakeholders.


f)   Mr Bhargava, Past President CII, Chairman, CII National Council on Development Initiatives and Chairman, Tata Communications Ltd,  said that it was crucial to understand   the key framework of the present system to combat any disaster and come up with solutions that would enable reduction of response downtime by creating awareness and utilising  some of the innovative technologies, products, solutions, processes,. He was of the view that there is a need for policy initiatives that would contribute towards building national capability for managing disasters more effectively and efficiently.


g)   This Summit will help to create awareness of effective emergency management systems by the integration of the response machinery of the Government with that of all other stakeholders. The area of Disaster Management offers diverse opportunities for industry as innovators and developers,   to offer   products and services so as to make communities more disaster resilient. Some of the areas where industries can play vital role are... Information Technology based solutions and services; Promoting Disaster resilient Construction; Developing machinery, equipment and material for disaster response and    relief; Pharmaceutical and Health care etc.


h)    Industry involvement is crucial for all three phases of Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Mitigation, and Post Disaster Preparedness.  A  Mock Exercise on a Simulated Scenario by Dr. Angeli Qwatra, Chairperson Philanthrope, as part of the summit helped bring home the message very effectively.  Going forward, CII looks to continue with its efforts to focus its attention on this vital issue which truly must be at the core of any developmental agenda.   


The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in partnership with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), organized “National Summit on Disaster Management – “Forging Partnerships for Readiness and Relief” scheduled for 18 – 19 December 2012 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was the Institutional Partner for the Summit. 



The Summit brought together the policy makers, industry leaders, multi-laterals and representatives from civil society and allied agencies on a common Platform to address the three-fold agenda of:

·         Understanding the key framework  of the present system to combat any disaster

·         Enabling reduction of  response downtime by:

ü       Creating institutionalized multi-sectoral platforms and mechanisms for Industries and government to communicate, collaborate & coordinate before, during and after disaster.

ü       Showcasing some of the innovative technologies, products, solutions, processes and practices for leveraging capacities thereby increasing disaster risk resilience. Identify policy measures that would contribute towards building National Capability in managing Disasters

·         Addressing the issue of preparedness through :

ü       Involving industry in Disaster preparedness planning, response and recovery by promoting awareness of successful Business Continuity Practices (national & international) with special focus on the replicable models in the Indian context and catalyzing integration of Disaster Risk Reduction into Business Continuity Planning of the industry.

ü       Facilitating building up of a policy framework for encouraging partnerships (PPPs) in areas of skill development of local community and industry for Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation

ü       Elaborating on various types of risks emerging due to the development.

·         Informing about best practices – domestic and international  in all the above areas and identifying models for India for institutionalizing the link between the administration, community and industry for Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and rehabilitation

·         Showcasing Industry Capability in the entire range of Disaster Management in terms of Innovations and technologies




·         Disaster Management: Key Issues & Challenges

·         Reducing Response Downtime: Practices & Solutions

·         Mock Exercise on a Simulated Scenario

·         Business and Industry: Solutions &

·         Standards for Risk Reduction & Mitigation

·         Capacity Building for Communities & Industry

·         Partnerships - The Way-Forward to Readiness & Relief




  1. Nodal Governing authorities like Ministry of Home Affairs, NDMA, NEC, NDRF, NIDM, and DDMA.
  2. Special Forces which come into action immediately when a disaster strikes - Army, Navy, Airforce, CISF, Special Task Forces, Disaster Response Forces, Civil Defence, Home Guards, State Police, Fire & Rescue Emergency Forces.
  3. Apex organizations like NRSA, Meteorological department, Geographical Survey of India.
  4. Corporates / Industry
  5. International Agencies like UNDP, Red Cross, Embassies, World Bank etc.
  6. Academic Institutions like – NIDM, Disaster Management Institute - Bhopal, National Centre for Disaster Management, Disaster Mitigation Institute – Ahmadabad etc.
  7. Media, NGOs and Self Help Groups.
  8. Skills development organization/ institutes and training providers
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Capacity Building for Communities & Industry by Mr B S Negi, Consultant, KFV Consulting at the National Summit on Disaster Management
Capacity Building for Communities and Industry by Mr Jagdeep Chayya, Head - Pipeline and Land Acquisition, CAIRN India at the National Summit on Disaster Management
Capacity Development through Mock Exercises by Brig (Dr) B K Khanna, Sr Specialist (Training &Capacity Development), National Disaster Management Authority at the National Summit on Disaster Management
Early Warning & Forecasting Disasters by Mr B K Bandyopadhyay, Deputy Director General of Meteorology (Services), India Meteorological Department
Emergency Response Management Using GIS by Mr Rakesh Raina, Vice President, NIIT- ESRI
Impact of disaster on Business and need of BCP & risk reduction by Mr Lokesh Bhasin, Technical Advisor, Government ISU, Tata Consultancy Services
Partnerships – The way-forward to Readiness and Relief by Mr Ashish Sonal, Chief Executive Officer, Orkash
Presentation by Mr A K Mangotra, Secretary, Border Management, Ministry of Home Affairs at the National Summit on Disaster Management.
Presentation by Mr Satyajeet Rajan, Joint Secretary (Admin), National Disaster Management Authority at the National Summit on Disaster Management.
Protect Your Ass (e t s)! by Mr Daman Dev Sood, CIO & Head - Sustainability Practice, Continuity and Resilience
Risk Management in Business and Industry by Mr Hari Kumar, Head HSEQ, Cairn India
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