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Consultation with Parliamentarians to propose Amendments to Disaster Management Act 2005

by ragini — last modified 2013-11-25 17:03

On 11th December, 2013 Consultation with Parliamentarians to propose Amendments to Disaster Management Act 2005.

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When 2013-12-11
from 18:55 to 18:55
Where Deputy Speaker Hall, Constitution Club of India, New Delhi.
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Consultation with Parliamentarians to propose Amendments to Disaster Management Act 2005, 11 December, Deputy Speaker Hall, Constitution Club of India, New Delhi.

The National Dalit Watch of NCDHR has been for years advocating the recognition of caste induced vulnerabilities /discrimination into the Disaster Management (DM) Act 2005 and guidelines, based on the consistent monitoring of disaster response efforts of the government. It is also well recognised and established that large numbers of people affected by disasters are excluded due to various forms of vulnerabilities created by social stratification and discrimination imposed by caste, gender, age, ethnicity and sometimes religion, both by default or design. The prevalence of such discrimination and exclusion needs to be explicitly acknowledged by governments in order to ensure effective steps towards inclusion of these vulnerable groups.

In the context that existing DM Act is under revision by the Ministry of Home Affairs, it is felt opportune to escalate the advocacy by bringing the issue to the attention of parliamentarians, and discuss various dimensions of proposed for amendments in to the DM Act to ensure dignified assistance with inclusion of socially excluded groups, primarily Dalits and Adivasi communities. As member of CSOs, National Dalit Watch has been proactively inputting into the revision process at different levels and available means.

Considering the current political scenario where the general elections are nearing, National Dalit Watch is organising a Consultation with Parliamentarians on “Proposed amendments to National Disaster Management Act 2005”, for inclusive management of disasters, on 11 December 2013.  The objective is to orient the parliamentarians on the issue of Caste based discrimination (CBD) in disasters to raise the debate in political discourse, influencing the DM Act under revision.

Thursday, 11 December, 9 am onward

Venue- Deputy Chairman Hall, Constitution Club of India, New Delhi

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