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Civil Defence organised 4th Annual Civil Defence Chief Warden’s Conference at APHQ, J&K- Srinagar


Srinagar, July 10th: A conference of the Civil Defence wardens was held at Armed Police Headquarters conference hall J&K-Srinagar on 6th July, 2009. Sh.Kuldeep Khoda, IPS, Director General of Police J&K cum Commandant General Homeguards & Director Civil Defence was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The Chief Guest inaugurated the conference. Sh.P.R.Manhas, IPS, DIG HG/CD & Aux. Police Jammu welcomed the chief guest & all participants and also gave a report of action taken on the agenda points raised in the 3rd Civil Defence Chief Warden’s Conference. The conference was organised by J&K Civil Defence organization headed by Sh.Dilbag Singh, IPS, Inspector General of Police, HG/CD & Aux. Police J&K.

Kuldeep Khoda, IPS, Director General of Police J&K addressing the 4th Annual Civil Defence Chief Warden’s conference 2009 during the inaugural session of the conference at Srinagar.

It was the 4th such conference of its nature in which besides Police and Civil officers, Chief Wardens, Dy.Chief Wardens, Divisional Wardens and Post Wardens were present. 1st, 2nd & 3rd such conferences were held at Jammu in the years 2005, 2006 & 2007 respectively. It was the conference to inculcate healthy traditions which not only gives an opportunity to sit together and discuss things of interest but also to plan future result oriented strategies. The main aims and objectives of holding such conferences is to discuss strategies to be adopted while dealing different kind of disasters whether man-made or natural so as to ensure minimum human and property losses and thus revamp the Civil Defence activities throughout the State in view of present day challenges of natural and manmade calamities.
Sh.Dilbag Singh, IPS, IGP HG/CD & Aux. police J&K also gave overview regarding the activities of Civil Defence during last one year and also the new initiatives taken to revamp the Civil Defence organization some of which are highlighted as Raising of Water Rescue Teams (QRTs) at Jammu(Doda) and Srinagar (Dal Lake), Earmarking and raising of two State Disaster Response Companies out of the Aux. Police Bns., The launching of mobile service under VPN system to get in touch with all the members of Civil Defence Organisation, procurement of new equipments for rescue teams, Acquisition of land for training centers at Jammu and Srinagar etc. IGP HG/CD & Aux. Police J&K also apprised the chief guest and the participants that Hon’ble Chief Minister was kind enough to discuss various issues for revamping of Civil Defence/ Aux. Police and Homeguards of this State. In this connection a meeting was also held by the Hon’ble Chief Minister recently in his office chamber on 25th June 2009 in which DGP CID and IGP HG/CD & Aux. Police among other senior functionaries of Civil administration were present. In this connection a comprehensive proposal is prepared and submitted to the government.

Dr.Ashok Bhan, IPS, Director General of CID, J&K addressing the 4th Annual Civil Defence wardens conference 2009 during valedictory session of the conference at Srinagar.

Chief Guest Sh.Kuldeep Khoda, IPS, DGP J&K inaugurated the (Virtual Private Network) VPN Mobile Service which has recently been introduced in this organization and distributed the DGCD Medals with Certificates to 14 Civil Defence Wardens of J&K for their excellent work done during various activities of Civil Defence across the state. Chief Guest in his inaugural address, congratulated Sh.Dilbag Singh, IPS, IGP, HG/CD & Aux. Police J&K for introducing VPN Mobile Services which will definitely be beneficial for the activities of Civil Defence. The DGP J&K, pointed out that the J&K is multi-disaster prone State as it falls in seismic Zone-V, and the State had witnessed deadly earthquake in the year 2005 which affected the areas of Uri, Tangdhar, Poonch etc. during which alone 953 persons of Kashmir valley died, 817 injured, 23782 houses damaged fully and 174870 houses partially damaged leaving thousands of families homeless. He emphasized the participants especially Civil Defence activists to remain extra vigilant as the J&K State is always under threat of earthquakes. He further added that Civil Defence has witnessed drastic change in its role in capacity building both as trainers and first responders to handle such situations. The DGP praised Sh.Dilbag Singh, IPS, IGP HG/CD & Aux. police for taking keen interest which gave new life to the organization which was not noticed in the past. This organization has now become very important organisation.

The DGP assured that he feels proud and happy to be associated with the task of revamping and further strengthening the Civil Defence Organisation and extended his fully support in all respects from PHQ. He further pointed out that by raising two SDRF and proposed CTIs, the Civil Defence will be able to serve the society in a much better way.

The conference was attended by Sh.Gopal Reddy,IPS, IGP Vigilance, Sh.S.M.Sahai, IPS, IGP Crime, Sh.Raja Ajaz Ali, IPS, Director SSG, Sh.S.Owais Ahmad, IPS, IGP Armed, Sh.M.A.Shah, IPS, IGP Traffic, Sh.Z.H.Chisti, IPS, IGP Modernisation, Sh.Ravinder Kotwal, IPS, IGP, PHC, Sh.M.A. Anjum, IPS, IGP Railways, Sh.Farooq Ahmed, IPS, IGP CID, Dr.B.S.Srinvinas, IPS, IGP Kashmir zone, Sh.G.A.Bhat, Director General fire and Emergency Services, Sh.A.K.Dubey, Jt.Director Fire and Emergency Services Kashmir, Sh.Deepak Slathia, SP Comdt. Aux.Police 2nd Bn. Jammu. All Dy.Controllers, chief/ Deputy Chief Wardens of 19 Civil Defence towns of the state and special delegates from Fire and Emergency Services, Dy.SsP of Aux. Police Bns., Principal CTI HG/CD Sriangar/Jammu, I/C Disaster Management Cell Kashmir; HOD of Disaster Management Department, IMPA, Hospital Srinagar also attended the conference.
Sh.G.M.Bhat, Director General Fire and Emergency Services gave a lecture on Disaster Preparedness, fire and emergency services. He also assured the participants that all fire stations shall be asked to respond to the Civil Defence Volunteers and render all possible assistance to them whenever requisitioned so that joint action is taken to tackle any abnormal situations.

The valedictory session of the conference was presided over by Dr.Ashok Bhan, IPS, Director General of CID who made valuable remarks for strengthening the Civil Defence organisation. He desired that more and more such conferences should be organised in Kashmir valley to sensitise the general public about the Civil Defence activities as they have to perform as first responders during any such eventualities. He also apprised the participants that due focus be given for better co-ordination for which communication is the main key for any disaster management. At the end, Sh.Deepak salathia, Commandant Aux. Police 2nd Bn. Jammu presented vote of thanks to the Chief Guest and all the participants.