New Delhi, Jan 19 (Agencies): Noting that requests for deployment of the specialised National Disaster Relief Force come almost every week, Home Minister P Chidambaram today said the NDRF cannot be used for every disaster.

"This is a specialised force...On account of their specialisation, the requests for deploying of NDRF come almost every week. But I want to caution the NDMA and DG NDRF that it cannot become substitute for state fire fighting services," he said at the Raising Day function of the force here.

"We must regain our capacity to intervene only in places of major disasters, natural or man-made," he said.

Chidambaram said other countries too have similar forces but perhaps no nation has a force as large as ours.

NDMA vice chairman Shashidhar Reddy, who was also present at the event, sought expedition of a number of proposals that are lying with the Home Ministry, including sanction of recommended uniforms for disaster relief operations.

NDRF, which was raised in 2006 to deal with all natural and man-made disasters including Chemical Biological Radiological emergencies, comprised of nine battalions – two each from CRPF, CISF and ITBP, and three from BSF. The 10th is being raised from the CRPF.