Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar
The Ministry of Home Affairs announced the Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar for this year. Rajendra Kumar Bhandari has been selected in an individual category along with Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS) in the institutional category for the invaluable contribution and selfless service in India in the field of Disaster Management.
Subhas Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar
The official press release said, “The annual award is announced every year on January 23, the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 51 lakh and a certificate in case of an institution and Rs 5 lakh and a certificate in case of an individual.”
Nominations for the year were solicited from July 1 last year onwards. Further, the home ministry also confirmed that the Bhandari and SEEDS were among 371 valid nominations received from institutions and individuals.
The organization SEEDS has done a commendable contribution in building community resilience to disasters.
It has been working specifically in disaster readiness, response, and rehabilitation, building local capacities and enabling risk reduction at the community level in the different states of India.
The ministry said, “In the aftermath of earthquakes in India (2001, 2005, 2015), SEEDS had mobilized a group of building masons who are adept in carrying out disaster-resistant construction. These masons have become ambassadors in local communities across several emergencies in multiple States. SEEDS has also been leveraging technology like AI-based modeling for early warning and feedback so as to significantly improve preparedness and decision-making ability of affected communities.”
It continued speaking and praising the awardee, “Bhandari is among the pioneers in India who laid the foundation of scientific studies on geohazards in general and landslides in particular. He established India’s first laboratory on landslide studies at CSIR-Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), and three other Centres.”
Bhandari has also conducted studies on disasters in India, deployed the latest technologies of Ground Penetrating Radar; geotechnical digital system; vibrating wire piezometers; laser particle analyzer; pile drive analyzer, and Acoustic Emission Technology for in-depth investigations, instrumentation, monitoring, and risk analysis for early warning against landslides.