National Disaster Management Authority
|Formed||August 17, 2007|
|Preceding Agency||Ministry of Climate Change|
|Jurisdiction||Constitution of Pakistan|
|Agency executive||Major-General Saeed Aleem, PA, Chairman|
The National Disaster Management Authority (reporting name: NDMA), is an independent, autonomous, and constitutionally established disaster preparedness federal institution mandate and responsible to deal with whole spectrum of disaster management and preparedness in the country.
The NDMA formulate and enforces national disaster policies at federal and provisional levels and collaborated closely with various government ministries, military forces, and United Nation-based organizations to jointly coordinate efforts to conduct its disaster management, search and rescue, and wide range of humanitarian operations in the country and abroad. The NDMA aims to develop sustainable operational capacity and professional competence to undertake its humanitarian operations at its full capacity.
Codified under the Article 89(1) of the Constitution of Pakistan, the institution is chaired by the appointed chairman, either civilian or military officer, and directly reports to the Prime Minister of Pakistan as its chief operations coordinator. As of present, the institution is currently chaired by Major-General Saeed Aleem of Pakistan Army as its appointed chairman.
Operational Scope and Constitutional definition
The functions and duties are defined and set by the Constitution of Pakistan in Article 239I in Chapter1. The Commission charged with the following duties:
- To act as the implementing, coordinating and monitoring body for disaster management;
- To prepare the National Plan to be approved and implement coordinate and monitor the implementation of the National policy;
- To provide necessary technical assistance to the Provincial Governments and the Provincial Authorities for preparing their disaster management plans in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the National Commission;
- To coordinate response in the event of any threatening disaster situation
|“||The President may, except when the [Senate or] National Assembly is in session, if satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action, make and promulgate an Ordinance, as the circumstances may require.||”|