This evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will give the Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskars to acknowledge and honour the commitment and service of individuals and organisations in the field of disaster management in India.
During the occasion, seven prizes will be awarded to the winners of the previous four years, with this year’s award going to the Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management in the institutional category and Professor Vinod Sharma in the individual’s category.
Every year on January 23, the Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar is announced to commemorate Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary. The award includes a cash reward of Rs 51 lakh and a certificate for an institution, a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a certificate for a person.
Last year, the government also stated that Subhas Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary will be honoured annually as ‘Parakram Diwas.’
The Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management (GIDM), which was founded in 2012 and has been striving to improve Gujarat’s disaster risk reduction capabilities, has been picked in the institutional category this year.
According to an official statement made by the government, GIDM has taught more than 12,000 professionals on a variety of problems addressing multi-hazard risk management and reduction throughout the pandemic through a series of carefully designed capacity building initiatives.
A senior professor at the Indian Institute of Public Administration and Vice-Chairman of the Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority, Professor Vinod Sharma, was chosen in the person category. He founded the National Centre for Disaster Management, which is today known by the name of the National Institute of Disaster Management.
He has worked tirelessly to push disaster risk reduction to the top of the national agenda; his pioneering work in disaster risk reduction in India has earned him international acclaim, and he is a disaster management resource person for the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) and all Administrative Training Institutes (ATIs).