With District Moga was approved as one of the 30 pilot districts by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for launching a project Aapda Mitra to train community volunteers in Flood rescue and rehabilitation, a team from NDMA reviewed the arrangements to execute the training in the district. Aapda Mitra is a centrally sponsored scheme by the NDMA aiming to impart training to the 200 community volunteers in disaster response in the 30 most flood-prone districts identified across the country on the basis of past floods.A team comprising Joint Advisor NDMA Nawal Prakash and Project Associate Aapda Mitra Brajesh Jaiswal held a meeting with Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Hans at his office on Tuesday. Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM Moga) Satwant Singh and SDM Dharamkot Dr Narinder Singh Dhaliwal were also present in the meeting.Deputy Commissioner apprised the team that SDM Dharamkot has been made in charge of the training and the volunteers have been identified by the district administration. He also ensured the team that the training will be started as soon as possible.
Joint Advisor NDMA Nawal Prakash said that the focus of the scheme is to identify and train community volunteers to build their capacity for mitigating disasters. The volunteers will be trained to respond to the immediate needs of the community during emergency situations like floods, he added.He said that under the scheme, 200 volunteers, willing to undergo the training on a voluntary basis are to be trained in the Moga district. He said that the volunteers will undergo two-week rigorous training in batches of 25 each in basic skills that are required to respond to immediate needs in the aftermath of a disaster, with focus on floods. He said that these volunteers will be able to act as first responders and assist the community in effective disaster response and assist the District administration in providing immediate relief to the affected people.He said that funds amounting to Rs 22.70 lakh have already been placed at the disposal of Deputy Commissioner Moga as the first instalment for the implementation of the scheme while the second instalment of the same amount will be sanctioned once the training process will be started.