JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

Reassessing India’s Disaster Management Preparedness and the Role of the Indian Armed Forces

P. K. Gautam is Research Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detail profile.
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  • January 2012
    Volume: 
    6
    Issue: 
    1
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    In recent years, the intensity of the occurrence of natural disasters has increased manifold. Responding to this, the Government of India has undertaken various measures to mitigate the impact of disasters. Even so, the response of the civil authorities is often found inadequate and the armed forces are called out to assist the civil administration. The armed forces never fail to respond in a prompt manner, but without proper data on various local resources, skills, essential services and equipment. Hence, there is a dire need of the armed forces to be trained in the field of disaster management to deal with disasters of various types.

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