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Odisha-Born IAS Officer Pramod Mishra Bags “UNDDR Sasakawa Award”


Bhubaneswar: Senior IAS officer Dr Pramod Kumar Mishra, born in Odisha and the incumbent Additional Principal Secretary in the Office of Prime Minister of India (PMO), has bagged the coveted United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction for the year 2019 in Geneva of Switzerland yesterday.

This prestigious award was established in 1986 by founding Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, Ryoichi Sasakawa. A total grant of US$50,000 is shared among the laureates.

The UNDDR (UN Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration (peace initiative) tweets goes: “Dr Pramod K Mishra (2nd from left), Addl Principal Secy to Prime Minister of India, one of the three laureates of the 2019 UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction; Mishra has been recognised for initiatives which protect vulnerable communities from disaster risk: @unisdr”

Also it has run a video narrating, “Dr Pramod Kumar Mishra is a civil servant, a scholar and a disaster professional who exercised unmatched influence on the policy and practice of disaster risk management in India. In 1990s working in drought-prone areas, Mishra became acutely aware of the effect of erratic rainfall on the life and livelihood of millions of poor farmers. He led path-breaking research and experimented with a range of crop insurance solutions. India’s current crop insurance programme, one of the largest in the world, has imprint of Mishra’s early work as well as his continued involvement at the policy level.”     

Notably, the United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction recognizes individuals, organizations and initiatives that have best contributed to ensuring inclusive, accessible and non-discriminatory participation in disaster risk reduction activities for all sections of society, especially the poor.