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Regional Conference of Civil Defence

Regional Conference of High Powered Committee of Civil Defence commences

Jammu, April 03: (INFO)-Director General of Police Mr. Gopal Sharma today called for strengthening disaster management mechanism to minimize the adverse effects of natural calamities on mankind.

Speaking at the Regional Conference of High Powered Committee of Civil Defence at Police Headquarters here this morning, the Director General of Police made a special mention of the role played by various agencies especially the J&K Police and Civil Defence during the Snow Tsunami and October 8 Earthquake which had hit some parts of Jammu and Kashmir last year.

The Director General of Police said that police personnel fanned out immediately after the earthquake to launch massive relief and rescue operations. Within 24 hours of the natural catastrophe hitting the state, its personnel reached the affected areas and started rescuing the sufferers and providing relief to them. He said the injured were evacuated to hospitals for treatment and tented accommodation was raised wherever required. He said that Civil Defence too played a laudable role in remote and inaccessible areas by providing temporary shelter, food and immediate health care.

On the occasion, Director General of Police launched the Website of Civil Defence. This gives an overview of the civil defence infrastructure allover the state. This will be available on www.jkcivildefence.org.

Addressing the Conference Mr. K.M. Singh, Member, National Disaster Management Authority and Chairman, High Powered Committee of Civil Defence, said that the conference would have threadbare discussions on disaster management, preliminaries of which, have already been deliberated upon in earlier similar conferences.

He threw light on the recommendations of "Pant Committee" constituted by the Centre and said that these have to be implemented at the grass root level for having the desired impact. He said due cognizance would be taken of the recommendations suggested by the State Governments for making the Authority effective in tackling the challenges.

While giving information to the members, he said that a decision had been taken at the national level meet in the union capital to have regional meetings in various states for taking appropriate measures to revamp the Civil Defence to include disaster management under it.

Earlier, Inspector General of Police Home Guards/ Civil Defence & Aux. Police Mr. Navin Agarwal in his welcome address threw light on the aims and objectives of the Conference. He said that this was the 4th such conference, earlier similar conferences were held at Mumbai, Guwahati and Bangalore . The recommendations of these conferences will be put before the National Disaster Management authority headed by Hon'ble Prime Minister and Union Home Minister.

In the day long conference the members of high power committee that spoke include Director General of Police and Commandant General of Home Guards, Kamataka Mr. R. Sri Kumar, Professor Santosh Kumar of National Institute of Disaster Management, Additional Director General of Police, Civil Defence, Haryana Mr. Malhi, Dy. Commandant, Home Guards, Shimla (Himachal Pardesh) Mr. B.S Paul, Divisional Commandant Home Guards, Punjab, (Chandigarh) Mr. K.S Ghuman, Superintendent DC's Office Chandigrah (UT) Mr R.K Parashar and other members.

Among others present on the occasion were Additional Director General of Police Hqrs. Mr. Radhavinod Raju, DIG Home Guards/Civil Defence Mr. GuIzar Singh Slathia, Commandant Aux.Police 2nd Bn Jammu, Mr. T.Phunsog, Divisional Commandant Home Guards, Jammu Mr. S.M Khatotra, SO to IGP Home Guards/Civil Defence Mr. Ghulam Sarwar, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr. Mohammad Majid Malik and others.