New Delhi: Despite falling prey to natural disasters like 2001 Gujarat earthquakes and 2004 Tsunami in Andaman and Nicobar islands, India is still not prepared against any calamity.

The sparkling revelation has come into light in the report of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

The CAG has prepared the audit report on the disaster preparedness of the country for International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) which is preparing set of guidelines for grant of international aid to disaster-hit nations.
Similar audits have been conducted in several other countries to review their defence mechanism against any form of disaster.

In a move to effectively tackle the challenges posed by natural disasters like tsunamis, earthquake, floods and drought, the government had set up National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in 2005 since then no progress has been seen in this direction.

There is no absolute technology-driven scientific strategy, warning system and related government projects to meet the challenges imposed by the natural calamities.

Ironically, despite facing tough challenges time and again, no National Disaster Committee meeting has been convened since 2008.  Interestingly, Prime Minister heads the NDMA. 

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