The Task Force headed by Preeti Saran, Secretary (East) in the Minstry of External Affairs (MEA), which was constituted by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on August 18, 2017, presented its report on “Establishing a Coalition on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI)” to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi recently. The report provides a step-by-step implementation plan and analysis to build and operationalise a CDRI. The study includes business case for the coalition, analysis of the best practices of international partnerships in disaster risk and other thematic areas lead by India, preliminary design of the coalition and rollout plan for the same.
Besides Saran, the Task Force comprised of Kamal Kishore, Member, National Disaster Management Authority, Sameer Kr. Khare, Joint Secretary (MI), Department of Economic Affairs, Sanjeev Kumar Jindal, Joint Secretary (DM), Ministry of Home Affairs and Dr. Ila Patnaik, Professor, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, as members. The officers at the MEA and other Ministries were also co-opted by the Committee on need basis. In total, the Committee met seven times to work out the report. One International Workshop on “Disaster Resilient Infrastructure” was also held as per the advice of the Task Force on 15-16 January, 2018 in New Delhi to get inputs from potential partner countries. More than 180 delegates including experts from 21 countries, Multilateral Development Banks, the United Nations, the private sector, academics and National representatives of Central Governments and State Governments participated in the workshop.