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The two day annual conference of relief commissioners, State Disaster Response Force, Civil Defence, Home Guard and Fire Services of State and Union territories concluded in New Delhi yesterday. Addressing the valedictory session of the conference, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Dr. P. K. Mishra emphasized on having disaster management plan up to the local level. He said that India has demonstrated its ability to respond and reach out to other countries when disasters have struck. 

Mr Mishra highlighted that a calendar of mitigation measures should be prepared



to avoid repetitive and seasonal problems. He said, the focus of disaster management is now shifting from response to resilience. The Principal Secretary added that use of technology, robotics and artificial intelligence should be leveraged in the fields of early warning system, common alert protocols, periodical monitoring of lakes through satellite. 

The two-day conference was attended by more than three hundred delegates from State Governments, UTs, Ministries and from State Disaster Response Force and Fire Services.



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