Currently, NDRF is made up of 12 Battalions. Each Battalion consists of 1149 personnel. NDRF was constituted as per Section 44-45, of Disaster Management Act, 2005. This Bill was passed in Parliament in the year 2005. President of India gave his assent to the Bill in 2006. NDRF is located in the following states.
- Assam (Guwahati)
- West Bengal (Kolkata)
- Odisha (Cuttack)
- Tamil Nadu (Arakkonam)
- Gujarat (Gandhinagar)
- Uttar Pradesh (Ghaziabad)
- Punjab (Bathinda)
- Bihar (Patna)
- Andhra Pradesh (Vijayawada)
- Arunachal Pradesh (Itanagar)
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What is the role of NDRF in Natural Disasters?
NDRF carries out rescue and relief operations during natural disasters. Till date, NDRF has carried out 73 operations in the country and saved approximately 1.3 Lakh human lives. In addition, NDRF has the capability to respond to nuclear, biological and chemical disasters.
Who is the Chairman of NDRF?
Head of NDRF is designated as Director General (DG). Usually, an IPS Officer is the head of NDRF. The apex body of disaster management is the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). NDRF functions under NDMA. Chairman of NDMA is the Prime Minister.
Can a Civilian join NDRF?
No, civilians do not have direct entry into NDRF. NDRF consists of personnel on deputation from Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
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