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Cabinet approves raising of four additional battalions

Centre strengthens the NDRF ! Union Cabinet has given approval for raising of four additional battalions of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to strengthen India's disaster response set up.
Cabinet approves raising of four additional battalions
  • These battalions will be placed in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Delhi's National Capital Region, based on their disaster vulnerability profile.

More about these battalions:

  • The objective of raising four additional battalions is to reduce response time keeping in view vast geographic area of the country.
  • These four battalions will initially be raised as two battalions in Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and one battalion each in Assam Rifles (ARs) and Border Security Force (BSF). 
  • Later these four battalions will be converted into NDRF battalions.

About the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF):

  • NDRF is India's elite disaster mitigation combat force, established in 2006 under The Disaster Management Act, 2005.
  • It is headquartered in New Delhi. 
  • It functions under Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • It works under National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) which lays down policies, plans and guidelines for disaster management.
  • The mandate of the specialized force is to undertake special disaster response, relief, rescue operations and combat roles independently in the case of an event of any disaster (natural or man-made), accident or emergency.
  • It also assists local authorities in launching a quick rescue and response operation to save life and property.
  • At present there are 12 battalions in NDRF which are deployed strategically across the country to provide immediate response.

Questions:

Q1. Union Cabinet has given approval for raising of how many additional battalions of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to strengthen India's disaster response set up?
a. Two
b. Three
c. Four
d. Five

Q2. Where is the NDRF headquartered ?
a. Chamoli
b. Jammu
c. New Delhi
d. Bhuj

Q3. When was the NDRF established under The Disaster Management Act, 2005?
a. 2005
b. 2006
c. 2007
d. 2008
Cabinet approves raising of four additional battalions Cabinet approves raising of four additional battalions Reviewed by Inderjeet Virdi on August 11, 2018 Rating: 5

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