Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Cabinet approves Disaster Management MoU between India and Bangladesh

The Union Cabinet Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the MoU on cooperation in the field of Disaster Management, Resilience and Mitigation signed between India and Bangladesh in March this year during the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Bangladesh.

 

The MoU seeks to put in place a system so that both the countries benefit from the Disaster Management mechanisms of each other. It will also help in strengthening the areas of preparedness, response and capacity building in the field of Disaster Management. The MoU envisages that India and Bangladesh will extend mutual support to each other at the time of large scale disaster in the field of relief, response, reconstruction and recovery.

Both the countries will also exchange relevant information, remote sensing and other scientific data. They will also share best practices in the field of disaster response, recovery, mitigation, capacity building for ensuring resilience, etc. According to the provisions of MoU India and Bangladesh will extend cooperation in the field of advanced information technology, early warning systems, remote sensing and navigation services and expertise for disaster preparedness, response and mitigation and more towards real time data sharing.

They will also support training of officials in the field of Disaster Management and conduct joint disaster management exercises bilaterally. Both the countries will share standards, latest technologies and tools for creating Disaster resilient communities. The MoU envisages joint research activities in the field of Disaster management.

By Rajesh Jha

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