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After the devastating Earthquake of January 26, 2001, the Government of Gujarat immediately set up the Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA) as a registered State Society for effectively managing the natural disasters. GSDMA’s immediate mandate was to undertake a massive ‘Gujarat Earthquake Reconstruction Programme’ with a long term objective of making concentrated efforts on disaster preparedness and mitigation.
Subsequently, the State passed Gujarat State Disaster Management Act – 2003 and GSDMA was constituted effective from September 01, 2003 in terms of Government of Gujarat Notification No. DMA-1003-1488-B dated August 29, 2003 under the provision of section – 6 of the Act for promoting an integrated and co-ordinated system of disaster management including prevention or mitigation of disaster by the State, Local Authority, Stakeholders and community. The Gujarat State Disaster Management Act – 2003 provides:
Section 14:
The Authority shall act as a repository of information concerning disasters and disaster management, and shall –
(a) Establish an institute;
Section 16 (1) (c):
The Authority shall promote or cause to be promoted awareness and preparedness and advise and train the community, and stakeholders with a view to increasing capacity of the community and stakeholders to deal with potential disasters by –
(c) Promoting disaster management capacity-building and training programmes amongst communities and other stakeholders.
The Governing Body of GSDMA in its meeting dated 12.03.2002 decided to establish Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management (GIDM). The GIDM was established in the year 2004. The NDM Cell of SPIPA that was providing Disaster Management Training to Government Officers in the State has also integrated in the GIDM since 1st April, 2004 vide Govt. of Gujarat Resolution (GAD R&R Division) No. NDM-102004-488-81 dated 9th April, 2004. Further the Govt. of Gujarat in Revenue Department vide its Resolution No. NDM-102005-488-PU-NI declared the erstwhile “Disaster Management Cell” as “Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management”.
The World Bank included the project of establishing Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management as part of Phase-II of the Gujarat Emergency Earthquake Reconstruction Project (GEERP). It was for the first time that the international funding agency included the establishment of a premier permanent institute which deals with training related to disaster management in any such reconstruction projects.
The Government of Gujarat allotted land for establishing the Institute at Village Raisan near Koba-Gandhinagar and the construction work has been completed. The Authority has also made yearly provision of Rs. 10.00 Crores in the State budget of the year 2012-13 and subsequent years under the head 101 Natural Calamities – Asst. to Disaster Management Authority – Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management (GIDM). Presently funds are available with GSDMA.
The Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management (GIDM) is registered as an autonomous body on 10.07.2012 under the provisions of the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950 to allow and function “GIDM” as an autonomous body to carryout various functions for implementation of Disaster Related Programmes on training and capacity building of the stakeholders.
Since April 1, 2004, Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management was functioning in the premises of the Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration (SPIPA), Ahmedabad but under the administrative control of GSDMA. In August 2012, Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management shifted to its newly constructed building at Raisan, Gandhinagar. The Institute has trained Government Officials, PRI members, people from NGOs etc. by conducting training programmes in different aspects of Disaster Management. Summary of the programmes is given below;
Year No. of Programmes No. of Participants
2004-05 35 1233
2005-06 29 689
2005-06 29 689
2006-07 20 591
2007-08 29 800
2008-09 28 619
2009-10 28 665
2010-11 29 701
2011-12 40 1023
2012-13 (till October 2012) 18 451
Total 256 6772
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