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Tuesday, 14 May 2013 14:57

Long way to go for proper disaster mitigation, says PM

India has made encouraging progress in recent years to put in place mechanisms for disaster prevention and mitigation, but there is still a long way to go and local communities must be involved in the effort, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Monday.

Addressing the first session of the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) here, the prime minister called for greater attention to arrangements for providing funds to people to cope with losses suffered in the wake of natural disasters.

"Disaster management is an area of vital national importance to our country, and I believe that the integration of disaster risk reduction strategies into our development initiatives must necessarily involve local communities. We must make full use of our Panchayat Raj institutions to achieve this objective," the prime minister said.