Maharashtra to set up disaster response force in the line of NDRF

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The state government of Maharashtra plans to set up a State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) on the lines of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), which would be stationed at Nagpur and Dhule.

We have completed the recruitment of officers and personnel for the SDRF. The units will have their own set-up and equipment. They will be ready for action in the next six months, said state Disaster Management Department Director Sunil Diwase.

As per Diwase, the SDRF would consist of 428 personnel in the first phase, with new officers recruited annually from every district. Plans are also being worked out to set up SDRF centres in various cities, for which the state government has already begun identifying land.

The SDRF units would be trained and armed by the NDRF and would combat natural and man-made disasters. Theres a need to establish SDRF units in Maharashtra to effectively deal with climatic conditions and rise in man-made disasters, the officer said.

Presently, the SDRF personnel are being given training by the NDRF in Nagpur.