Gen. NC Vij Takes Over Reins of Disaster Risk Reduction Activities in FICCI
General Nirmal Chander Vij, former Founder Vice Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority and Former Chief of the Army Staff, who took over as Chairperson of UNISDR ARISE-FICCI Board (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction; FICCI Alliance for Re-imagining School Education) in New Delhi on 14 June 2018, an all-encompassing body on disaster risk management in FICCI, opined that FICCI-ARISE approach to disaster risk reduction should be holistic with special emphasis on giving impetus to innovations, technology and new ideas in finding solutions to disaster risk management. He stressed on taking up urban risk management and community-based disaster management in addition to developing the capacity of the industries in managing perceived disasters.
Gen Vij said that Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) as well as outcome of Global Platform 2017, held in Mexico recognized that the disaster risk reduction has to become an inherent part of sustainable development, a set of practices and approaches embedded in its DNA. Without effective and inclusive disaster and climate risk management and risk-sensitive socio-economic upliftment, planning will not be sustainable.
Anil Sinha, Co-Chair, FICCI-ARISE and Founder Vice Chairman, Bihar State Disaster Management Authority, stated that the Disaster Risk Reduction does not get much funding as opposed to climate change initiatives, as benefits of DRR are not visible in the short-term. He said that there was a need to create awareness, share knowledge and change in mindsets, going forward.
UNISDR ARISE FICCI is a private-sector initiative focused on disaster reduction. 'We are trying to sensitize the private sector on the best practices and showcase the business opportunities in DRR,' says Nirankar Saxena, Deputy Secretary General, FICCI and Member Secretary, UNISDR ARISE FICCI.
The board reviewed the activities of ARISE FICCI since its inception and chalked out the strategy, themes and action plan for implementation towards DRR in private sector in collaboration with public sector and other stakeholders.
While discussing the status report of ARISE-FICCI and way ahead presented by Brig. BK Khanna, CEO UNISDR ARISE FICCI, the members suggested that ARISE-FICCI should concentrate on innovations at the local level, fire safety, use of technology and new ideas and sharing of knowledge, identifying the training institutions on disaster risk reduction and promoting them urban risk management and management of livestocks during and after disasters.
General Nirmal Chander Vij, former Founder Vice Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority and Former Chief of the Army Staff.