National Policy

Introduction Scarcity Relief Policy Financial Assistance Management Committee District  Contigency


        For ensuring appropriate policy and administrative response to natural calamities, a clear identification of the nodal organisation and the pattern of inter-action between the different Government functionaries would be necessary. The Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DAC) in the Agriculture Ministry is the nodal Department for all matters concerning natural calamities relief at the Centre. In the DAC, the Relief Commissioner functions at the nodal officer to coordinate relief operations for all natural calamities. 

Relief Commissioner  

        The Relief Commissioner will be assisted in the discharge of his duties by the Additional Relief Commissioner and an Emergency Operations Centre (Control Room) in the DAC. The Control room will function full scale round the clock after receipt of first information about the occurrence of a major natural calamity for the period specified by the Relief Commissioner for dealing effectively with the crisis arising out of a natural calamity.

Control Room

        The present arrangements in the DAC for receiving massages outside office hours are by way of a Night Duty Cell and a telex facility, Once a major natural calamity occurs, a Control Room with full complement of staff for round the clock functioning will be brought into operation. The Control Room is intended to be the nerve centre of all emergencies and will, therefore, be adequately equipped and optimally located. Immediately on the occurrence of a major natural calamity, the members of the Crisis Management Group (CMG) and the Control Room first shift functionaries (duly identified in advance) required for full scale functioning of the Control Room will be got assembled. The Duty Officer of the Control Room will be an official of sufficient maturity to grasp the seriousness or otherwise of the information reports and convey to the Agriculture Secretary/Relief Commissioner/ Additional Relief Commissioner accordingly.

Duty officer's Functions

        The charter of duties of the Duty Officer will clearly indicate the course of action that he is required to take on receipt of messages of a particular nature. The duty officer will have in his possession the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all members of the Crisis Management Group and the essent6ial personnel of the Control Room. He will also have the particulars of their alternates and also the telephone numbers of the Control Rooms of all the State Governments with whom he may have to communicate.

Control Room

        The personnel manning the full scale Control Room would be drawn from the DAC for emergency duties. The officers in charge of Night Duty and Telex facility and also Control room staff shall be given advance briefing and training in the tasks to be performed by them. There will be sufficient sets of telephone lines and wireless equipments available to the Control Room as also transport.

Control Room Responsibilities

The Control Room will

Dealing with first information

        The Control Room on receipt of the first information with regard to occurrence of any major natural calamity will immediately transmit the information to the following:-

        The first information report and the subsequent periodical reports generated by the Control Room will also be sent to the Officers indicated by the Relief Commissioner from time to time.

Designating Nodal Officers

        Every Ministry/Department of Central Govt. dealing with the primary or the secondary relief functions referred to in 'National Policy' would designate an officer not below the rank of a Joint Secretary as the nodal Officer with an alternate for dealing with matters concerning natural calamities and relief. These nodal officers shall furnish information to the Relief Commissioner through the Control Room of the

        DAC on such periodicity as may be determined by relief Commissioner.