India, Russia agree on disaster management coop
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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 19:24
  
Moscow: India and Russia on Wednesday agreed to deepen their cooperation in disaster management and a joint commission has been proposed to workout modalities.

During talks between Russian Minister for Emergency Situations (MChS) Sergei Shoigu and Home Minister P Chidambaram, who arrived here last night on a three-day Russia visit, they agreed to closely cooperate to tackle natural and man-made calamities.

Shoigu recalled that India and Russia have a long record of ties in preventing disasters and emergency situations and in 2010 they inked an intergovernmental agreement on interaction in case of natural and man-made disasters.

He proposed to setup a joint commission to evolve modalities for the implementation of this inter-governmental agreement to further boots bilateral cooperation.

"We have come to study your rich experience and gain from it while setting up our crisis management centre," Chidambaram was quoted as saying by MChS spokesperson.

Chidambaram, who will hold high-level security dialogue with top Russian ministers and officials, is the first Home Minister to visit Russia in almost 15 years since Communist leader Indrajit Gupta's tour in 1997.

Russia has a state-of-the-art crisis control centre, which keeps real time record of each and every case of accidents and disasters in the country.

The centre has highly mobile infrastructure that can airlift rescue and relief teams into any part of the country within hours.

Chidambaram said India, which has setup a National Disaster Management Authority, is also in the process of creation of such crisis control centre.

Chidambaram will hold wide ranging talks with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev, Director General of Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov and other senior officials responsible for the homeland security and anti-terror combat, official sources earlier said.

Under the reforms ordered by President Dmitry Medvedev the Soviet era mechanism of a paramilitary force has been dismantled and it has been renamed from 'militia' to 'police' like in most of the civilised world.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 19:24


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