New Delhi: It was a function to inaugurate
the redesigned website of "Rajbhasha" department, entrusted
with promotion of Hindi as an official language, where the
Secretary of the department chose to speak in English.
The redesigned website was inaugurated by Union Home
Minister P Chidambaram, who spoke briefly as he had to rush
for another function.
Chidambaram lauded the effort of the department and
expressed hope that the website will be user-friendly and
would improve further in quality.
In her inaugural speech, Secretary of the department,
Veena Upadhyaya, gave an outline of the new features of the
website saying it was an effort at making it user friendly and
bringing transparency in the Department`s functioning as all
activities will now be accessible on it.
Website was now useful as a repository of historical,
legislative and contemporary information, and also as a
collation of good practices, she said.
In the other function, the Home Minister released a book
on Disaster Management in India prepared by Disaster
Management Division of the Ministry.
Speaking on the occasion, he asked the stakeholders to
come together by contributing their knowledge and experience
in mitigating disaster in the country and said that disaster
management must become part of the general administration at
the district level and first and second response at the ground
level in States must be prepared.
The Home Minister expressed the hope that the Book
will be useful in disseminating knowledge on disasters and
disaster management in the country.
He spoke of Government`s commitment to provide all
possible financial as well technical help to tackle the menace
of all types of disasters including man-made as well as
The book brought out by the MHA provides detailed
information on the institutional framework and policy
guidelines in disaster management in the country.
It also focuses on the specific aspects of different
types of disasters, the ways and means for prevention and
mitigation besides giving details about preparedness and
response in a disaster situation.
It deals with the capacity development to meet disasters
and the future road map in tackling disasters.