Islamabad, December 19, 2012 (PPI-OT): National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Jang Group arranged first NDMA Media Awards at National Press Club to commemorate the hard work done by the media community during Floods 2011. Federal Minister for Information and Broadcast, Mr Qamar Zaman Kaira was invited as the chief guest at the occasion. Other guests included Syed Muhammad Ali Gardezi, Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change, Dr Zafar Iqbal Qadir, Chairman NDMA, Shahryar Khan, Secretary National Press Club and Saadia Afzaal, PTV.
Mr Kaira distributed the awards among the best performers in disaster reporting and coverage during the Floods 2011.
Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qadir, Chairman NDMA said that NDMA has always taken media along in every aspect of the disaster management. The NDMA believes in transparency and media is the best tool.
He further averred that the NDMA will continue this noble and encouraging cause and will look forward to collaborate and contribute with the media. He said that it was the media that went the extra mile and brought the truth to the nation.
He said that NDMA has taken a long road to strengthen its infrastructure. Now the disaster management has grown its roots to the district level. The disaster response force is now efficient than ever.
He also gave the credit to the government for fortifying the NDMA’s response and mitigation structure. He said that the NDMA has taken a number of steps to shift its paradigm from disaster response to preparedness and mitigation and it has been apparent.
He also thanked Sarmad Sufyan, Director Jang Group for taking his precious time to bring this idea to reality. He also thanked Jang Group for partnering with the NDMA in this noble cause.
The Chairman than distributed the certificates of excellence to the media personnel for their tireless efforts during the Floods 2011.
Syed Muhammad Ali Gardezi, Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change, said that the NDMA will continue its support and help to the nation in national catastrophes. He said that the increase in disaster response forces in all districts will certainly encourage the mitigation and response efforts. Over the years, NDMA has become a strong institution.
However, the media’s collaboration is very crucial in disaster response. Efforts on government can strengthen the institution but the help of active media is necessary to boost the efficacy of relief and preparedness operations.
Shahryar Khan, Secretary Press Club opened the occasion officially. He offered his gratitude to NDMA and Jang Group for arranging such an auspicious event to encourage media community’s diligence in the matter. He also appreciated NDMA’s transparent approach to every aspect of the operations; the media awards were a clear example. He further stated that National Press Club is truly honoured to scrutinize the media nominees.
Ms Anjum Asad Amin, Member S and S NDMA concluded the event with her vote of thanks. She said the efforts put in by the National Press Club and Jang Group are certainly laudable. She thanked juries, and also the nominees going the extra mile in disaster reporting.
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