Social workers have a major role to play during disasters, said N. Vinod Chandra Menon, former member of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).He was speaking at the inauguration of the three-day National Study Conference on Social Work Response to Disasters, conducted by the students of the Department of Social Work, Madras Christian College, that concluded on Saturday. A training manual on disaster management was also released during the occasion."We cannot stand back and distance ourselves from whatever is happening around the world. Social workers have a role to play to bring these aspects to the understanding of administrators and politicians," said Mr. Menon.Pointing out at the devastation in Kerala last year and this year, he said it was mainly due to mindless exploitation of natural resources. "After the last floods, around 127 quarries have been allowed to function. This is not acceptable," he said.Miriam Samuel, head of the department of social work, said that the programme is being conducted when the department is celebrating its 30th anniversary. "Every year we have a different theme and it is selected by the students," she said.Anil Joseph, operational director, World Vision also spoke at the event.
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