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50th Raising Day Celebrations of Home Guards/ Civil Defence, J&K


Jammu (J&K), December, 6th: The Director General of Police (DGP), Sh. Ashok Prasad while speaking on the occasion of the 50th Raising Day celebration of Home Guards/ Civil Defence, J&K, said that Civil Defence and Home Guards Organization has assumed much importance as the personnel and volunteers of the two organizations do commendable job in the event of natural and man-made calamities.

Sh. Ashok Prasad, who is also the Commandant General of Home-guards and Civil Defence, was speaking at the 50th Raising Day function of the Organization held at Home-guards and Civil Defence Headquarters here today. Acknowledging their services, the DGP recalled that civil disturbances during the years of pre-independence and the Chinese aggression in 1962, led to the raising of Home-guards/Civil Defence to deal with the internal security and protect vital installations of the country. He said that the emerging trends like climatic change, melting of glaciers, storms, earthquakes have posed challenges before us and the changes have to be taken note of to avert the chances of draught and loss of human life and property.

Sh. Ashok Prasad stressed for involving more and more people in the activities of Civil Defence by imparting training, strengthening the infrastructure and enhancing the capacity to deal with man-made and natural disasters. He said that Organization has brought awareness among the masses during past several years but there is still room for improvement in its services as the organization was upholding the highest tradition of voluntary service.

Earlier, the Inspector General of Police, Home guards, Civil Defence and SDRF, Yoginder Koul deliberated on the history of the Organization and said that the volunteers have been doing a noble service during the times of peace and war. He also gave a brief resume of the training and awareness programmes conducted by the Organization during the year 2012.

On the occasion, a parade and mock drill was presented by the contingents of Home-guards, SDRF and Civil Defence wardens and volunteers. The function was witnessed by a large number of people from all walks of life.

Among others, the function was attended by MLC, Sh. Jehangir Mir, ADGPs , Sh. K. Rajendra Kumar, Dr. Ram Lubhaya, Sh. S. P. Vaid and Navin Aggarwal, former DGPs, Sh. M. M. Khajuria and Sh. A. C. Chatervadi, IGPs Sh. Dilbag Singh, Dr. B. Srinivas, Sh. Arun Kumar, Sh. Abdul Ghani Mir, Sh. M. Sulaiman Salraia, Sh. Kamal Sain and Sh. Muneer Ahmed Khan, DIGs, Sh. S. S. Khandre, Sh. T. Punchok, Sh. A. S. Bali, Sh. Shyam Lal, Sh. M. M. Sadiq and Sh. Johny William, Commandants of Jammu based Armed/IRP Battalions, senior retired police officers, prominent citizens and civil defence Wardens and Volunteers and police officers..