Russia and India to cooperate on disaster management

India would like to work with Russia on emergency response training.

The head of the Indian Defence Ministry's National Disaster Response Force has asked Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry for advice and assistance in improving India's emergency response centre, reports Russian news agency Interfax.

"We know that Russia has cutting-edge monitoring systems, cutting-edge equipment and systems, and that we can learn a lot from you, that there is always scope for improving and speeding up our work. Russia could provide advisory services for setting up a state-of-the-art disaster operations centre in Delhi," said O. P. Singh, Director General of the National Disaster Response Force, at a meeting with Russia's Emergency Situations Minister, Vladimir Puchkov, on Tuesday.

According to Mr. Singh, India would like to work with Russia on emergency response training.

"We could hold training exercises and organise annual international exhibitions, as is done in Russia. We could also hold training in engineering areas, particularly construction. We could create a separate central air rescue force," suggested Mr. Singh.

For his part, Mr. Puchkov supported Mr. Singh's proposals, saying that Russia was ready to help India's emergency response service to improve.

According to Mr. Puchkov, Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry will help India to set up training centres for emergency and natural disaster prevention and response specialists.

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