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Task Force on Establishment of CDRI submits report to MHA

The Task Force constituted on “Establishing a Coalition on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI)” has submitted its report to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The Task Force was constituted by MHA in August, 2017 and was headed by Preeti Saran, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

Key Facts

Task force in its report provides step-by-step implementation plan and analysis in order to build and operationalize CDRI. It includes business case for CDRI, analysis of best practices of international partnerships in disaster risk and other thematic areas lead by India, preliminary design of coalition and roll-out plan.

Background

During Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) held in New Delhi in November 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had outlined 10-point Agenda for disaster risk reduction. Under the first agenda, India had committed to work with other partner countries and key stakeholders to build coalition or centre for promoting disaster resilient infrastructure in the region. This was to generate new knowledge for hazard risk assessment, disaster resilient technologies and mechanism for integrating risk reduction in infrastructure financing. With a view to take this agenda further forward, MHA had constituted Task Force. It was mandated to prepare its report on establishing CDRI.

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Government constitutes 13 member Task Force for fast-tracking implementation of UAV technology

The Union Government has constituted 13-member task force to prepare road map and fast-track implementation of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology or drones in the country. It will be headed by Minister of State (MoS) for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha and will have representatives from government, PSUs, industry and sectoral experts.

Terms of Reference of Task Force

The task force will prepare roadmap, including outcomes, timelines, implementation and review mechanism and measurable metrics for implementation of UAV technology. Its road map will focus on Research & Development (R&D), acquisition and commercialisation, application and adoption in specific sectors, regulatory framework as well as preference for Make in India. It will lay down implementable recommendations for central and state governments, industry and research institutions. It will clearly delineate the role of industry. It will submit its report in six months. It will study global practices and interact with relevant stakeholders, as required, for preparation of its report. It will also have necessary consultations and interactions with Government organizations, industry and research institutions.

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