Disaster Management Act needs changes: National Webinar on Covid


Hyderabad: International Journal of Academic Research in Social Sciences & Humanities (IJARSH) in association with Lexprise, a start-up, have jointly organised a National Webinar on ‘COVID-19 and the ambit of Disaster Management Act’ on Sunday.

Dr Rajesh, Director (Health), Niti Aayog, COVID-19 Core team, Department of Health Research, the key speaker, explained Covid-19 as a pandemic of unprecedented nature and added,”as of today with our efforts we have done more than 2,20,000 tests per day that shows the scale of involvement currently going on in fighting this pandemic.”

Dr Kalpana Gopalan, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Youth Empowerment & Sports, Government of Karnataka, observed that the governments require a legal provision to act in a situation as Covid-19 pandemic. “Though the Disaster Management Act has provisions to fight against disasters such as natural calamities and drought, Covid-19 pandemic is first of its kind and requires some additions and changes to the Act,” she added.

Other speakers included Sumitra Choudhary, advocate, Supreme Court, Dr Jacinta Dsilva, Assistant Professor, Modul University, Dubai, Prof A V Narasimha Rao, Director, ICFAI Law School and Prof V Shekar, Director, Centre for Socio-Economic and Business Studies.

Dr A Arun Kumar, Assistant Professor, ICFAI Law School and the founder-editor of IJARSH and Dr T Sowmya, Assistant Professor, Forensic Science, Osmania University, Dr Ruby Singh Rajput, Managing Editor, IJARSH and Ashwaq, founder, Lexprise, were among the team who hosted the webinar, a press release said.

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