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Govt approves appointments of three experts as NDMA members

The government on Sunday approved appointment of a scientist, an armyman and a UN expert on disaster reduction as members of the revamped National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), which had previously seen mostly politicians and retired bureaucrats with no background of disaster management holding office.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the names of Kamal Kishore, a disaster reduction expert at the United Nations Development Programme, Lt Gen NC Marwah (retired), and DN Sharma, Director of Health, Safety and Environment Group at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, official sources said.

A formal order regarding their appointment is expected shortly, the sources said.

The three were selected from a list of 82 names received after the Home Ministry for the first time invited applications from subject experts.

The government had recently scaled down the rank of NDMA members from Minister of State (MoS) to Secretary in the central government. The Prime Minister is the ex-officio chairperson of National Disaster Management Authority.

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