The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is the apex statutory body for disaster management in India.
It was constituted in accordance with the Disaster Management Act, 2005 with the Prime Minister as its Chairperson and nine other members, and one such member to be designated as Vice-Chairperson.
It aims to build a safer and disaster resilient India by a holistic, proactive, technology driven and sustainable development strategy that involves all stakeholders and fosters a culture of prevention, preparedness and mitigation.
Its primary purpose is to coordinate response to natural or man-made disasters and for capacity-building in disaster resiliency and crisis response.
It is also the apex body to lay down policies, plans and guidelines for Disaster Management to ensure timely and effective response to disasters.