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Annual Issue Newsletter - January '2006
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Message

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam,
President of India

I am happy to know that the Annual Day of the Civil Defence and Homeguards is being celebrated on December 2005.

These organizations have earned the appreciation of the people for services rendered by them in times of distress. Let us rededicate ourselves to uphold in our daily lives the ethos and the spirit enshrined in the Motto of these organizations “Nishkam Seva”. These organizations are capable of making immense contribution to nation building.

On the occasion, I extend my greetings and felicitations to all ranks of the Civil Defence and Home Guard Volunteers and their families and wish the Annual Day celebrations all success.



 

 
Message

Dr. Manmohan Singh,
Prime Minister of India

On the occasion of the Annual Day of Civil Defence and Homeguards Organisations on December 2005, I extend my greetings to the members of these organizations.

By undertaking the responsibility entrusted to them, the Civil Defence and Homeguards organizations have responded to the challenges faced by the nation and performed their duties with dedication and sincerity. Their services to the people affected by natural calamities. Particular mention may be made of their role in reaching out to the earthquake affected people of Kashmir. I am sure that the Civil Defence and the Homeguards organisation will continue to enrich their traditions of service.

I wish all success to these organizations.



 

 
Message

Shivraj V. Patil,
Home Minister of India

It is a matter of pride and satisfaction that Civil Defence and Homeguards twin voluntary organizations dedicated to service to the nation shall be celebrating their Annual Raising Day on December, 2005.

The Spirit of patriotism and selfless service to the community and fellow human beings are visible in ample measure in these two voluntary organizations had been contributing their voluntary services at the time of disasters. Their contingency plans were activated during disasters which occurred in Orissa, Gujarat and also in Andaman & Nicobar island and lately in Kashmir where Earthquake in Kashmir on 8th October 2005 and these organizations provided relief to many victim.

Well done, keep up you good work.



 

 
Address

Vijay Bakaya,
Chief Secretary,
Jammu & Kashmir

I am extremely happy to see that Homeguards and Civil Defence base has expanded in all the three regions of the state. During my childhood I myself was a Civil Defence volunteer. After the recent earthquake number of the experts are of the opinion that similar earthquake can happen in future as well. We should be ready to face such disasters effectively and Homeguards and Civil Defence organisation can play an important role in negating the impact of such earthquake by imparting training to more and more people. I congratulate Sh. Gopal Sharma DGP, Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP and all the jawans and volunteers of this organisation for successfully organizing week long celebrations in connection with Raising Day of Homeguards and Civil Defence.

I appreciate the work of Civil Defence volunteers in recent earthquake especially in Poonch, Uri, Tangdhar etc. and Srinagar. To strengthen this organisation Govt. is seriously considering the demands and will soon take some suitable action in this regard and keep the good work up

Once again I extend my congratulations on this raising day.


 

 

 
Address

Gopal Sharma,
Director General of Police,
Jammu & Kashmir

This is an occasion to show drill, discipline, turnout and also introspect our work of the year as well as plan for the future. In the last one year this organisation has done good job in not only performing its normal duties but also in providing rescue and relief during earthquake, snow tsunami etc. by reaching out to the inaccessible effected areas. This shows how dedicated and zealous you people are. With your good work you have brought good name to your organisation as well as to J&K Police which was even appreciated by Hon’ble Prime Minster of India publically during his visit in Uri. You really deserve congratulation for your work.

Regarding issues raised by IGP Sh.Navin Agarwal, the govt. is considering these demands seriously. As these demands involve financial implications it takes time.

I once again congratulate all the officers, Jawans and volunteers on this raising day for your good discipline, drill and turnout and I hope you will continue to perform your legal and constitutional duties in the same manner.


 

 

 

Sh. Gopal Sharma DGP J&K taking salute on the occasion of Raising Day at Jammu

 


..... From the desk of IGP Homeguards/Civil Defence and Auxiliary Police J&K

 

Sh. Navin Agarwal

It gives me immense pleasure to congratulate the officers and men of Homeguards and Civil Defence J&K who are celebrating their Annual Raising Day.

Our mission is empowerment of the common man by providing him the skills and resources to defend himself and others in the face of any adversity. I am hopeful that the organisational back-up of a disciplined cadre shall facilitate in making Jammu & Kashmir a safer place in the years to come.

 

 


 

......From the desk of Chief Editor

Sh. Gulzar Singh Slathia

Civil Defence & Homeguards J&K which has grown from its infancy to a mature and resilient force has taken the brunt of guardmanship and has proved beyond all doubts that its volunteers are capable of mitigating any eventuality effectively. Recent natural fury like earthquake, Flash floods, Snow disaster etc. which caused large scale devastation and destruction was a testing time for its volunteers. Homeguards & Civil Defence volunteers keeping the tradition of “selfless service” responded to the urgent call and were among the first to reach out to the victims of earthquake not only in providing rescue and relief but also helping them to start afresh by boosting positive attitude.

Civil Defence has expanded its base in all the three regions of the state with the sanctioning of ten new Civil Defence towns. A number of Civil Defence activities are being organised like training and awareness camps, besides making available equipment in these new as well as existing towns. Emphasis is on making this organisation technology savvy for providing better service to the society by inculcating a feeling of collectiveness among the public. I hope our volunteers will keep the beacon light of “selfless service” burning in the years to come.

 



Editorial Board
Navin Agarwal, IPS
IGP HG/CD & Aux.Police
Patron
Gulzar Singh Slathia, IPS
DIG HG/CD & Aux.Police
Chief Editor
Gh.Sarwar Chouhan, KPS
SSP, S.O to IGP HG/CD & Aux.Police
Editor
Mohd Majid Malik, KPS
Dy.SP, S.O to DIG HG/CD & Aux.Police
Member
Suraj Parkash
ASI(M) HG/CD & Aux.Police
Member

 


 

Celebrations of Raising Day of Homegaurds and Civil Defence J&K

Sh. Gopal Sharma DGP J&K flagging off Rally
A view of Civil Defence Rally in Jammu

J&K Homeguards and Civil Defence celebrated its Annual Raising Day by week long activities from 1st to 7th December 2005.

The week long celebration started with rally of school children/wardens which was flagged off by Sh.Gopal Sharma DGP J&K on 1st December 2005 from Gole market Gandhi Nagar Jammu. School children alongwith wardens of Civil Defence participated in the rally displaying various banners and placards with slogans “Civil Defence is self defence”, “Join Civil Defence to serve the nation”, “Join Civil Defence for better tomorrow”, “Defence is our tradition”

Sh. Gopal Sharma DGP J&K addressing school childern before flagging off Civil Defence Rally
School Childern carrying placards during
Civil Defence Rally in Jammu

 



From the Sports field

Sh. Madan Lal ADGP Secutiry & Mr. Navin Agarwal IGP HG/ CD at the inaugurationy of Inter Unit sports meet 2005
Sh. Kuldeep Khoda ADGP CID presenting mumento to Sh. Suram Singh Dy. SP
(Sports Officer)

In connection with Annual Raising Day Celebrations of Homeguards and Civil Defence inter zonal sports meet of the HG/CD & Aux. Police was organized under the supervision of Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP HG/CD & Aux.Police J&K Jammu Sh Suram Singh Dy.SP was the incharge sports officer of the meet. The Inaugural function was held on 1.12.05 at Gulshan Ground Jammu. The chief guest of the occasion was Sh.Madan Lal IPS, ADGP security. He formally declared the sports meet 2005 open. On the inauguration of the meet March Past of teams of various districts followed by a Tug of war of Homeguards lady volunteers was organized. Senior officers of the Homeguards/Civil Defence & Auxiliary Police inaugurated various events like volleyball, football, athletics etc. during the week long sports meet. During the said tournament the winner of the volleyball was Aux.Police 1st Bn. Srinagar and Runner up was Aux. Police 2nd Bn Jammu. In Kabaddi final was won by Aux.Police 2nd Bn.Jammu while Civil Defence Rajouri was runner up. In football Civil Defence Srinagar was the winner and Aux. Police 1st Bn. Srinagar was the runner up. In the similar way different individual events were also held like Races, Short put, Disc Throw, Long jump, Javelin throw and the winners of the same were rewarded with medals. In the joint events, the winner teams were rewarded with trophies. In the G.Os events Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP HG/CD & Aux.Police J&K Jammu defeated Sh.R.K.Bhat SP Aux.Police 2nd Bn. Jammu in the final of Lawn tennis. Badminton final was won by Sh.Mohd Majid Malik Dy.SP while Sh.Gulzar Singh Slathia DIG HG/CD & Aux.Police Jammu was runner up. In Table Tennis Sh.T.Phunsog Commandant Aux.2nd Bn. defeated Sh.Gulzar Singh Slathia DIG HG/CD & Aux.Police Jammu in the final. On the closing day i.e. 5th December 2005 100mtr., 200mtr and Tug of war events were played in which Sh.Kuldeep Khoda ADGP CID J&K was the chief guest. He distributed prizes and trophies among the winners. After the formal closing of the meet Sh.Khoda handed over the flag for similar meet to be held next year.

Suram Singh

 

 

 



Professional Competitions of Homeguards & Civil Defence

Sh. R.V. Raju ADGP PHQ being introduced to Homegaurd teams

From village guardsmen to Armed guards, society still wants more protection from all fronts. The need of volunteer Homeguards was even felt in India. At present Volunteers Homeguards personnels are working in so many states of India including Jammu & Kashmir. Homeguards personnel are imparted some professional training like Fire fighting, First Aid and Rescue operations at central training Institute Jammu/Srinagar. They are also made trained in P.T./Parade, Armed Drill and Lathi Fighting to perform Law and order duty. The professional competition of the VHG’s & Civil Defence volunteers was organized on 02-12-05 as a part of Raising day celebrations in which Sh.R.V.Raju ADGP PHQ was the chief guest. He appreciated the idea of holding professional competitions in order to improve their skills. VHG teams from Baramulla, Rajouri, Poonch, Kathua, Doda and Jammu took part in the events like fire fighting and first aid in which District Baramulla team stood first and Rajouri 2nd , Poonch Ist and Jammu 2nd respectively. Similarly in parade Rajouri stood first and Poonch 2nd whereas in P.T. Poonch stood first and Baramulla 2nd. Overall Homeguards have not remained behind at the time of any emergency and worked shoulder to shoulder with other forces in providing rescue and relief operations during earthquake. Similarly in Civil Defence professional competitions. Civil Defence Jammu secured 1st Position both in fire fighting and first aid while Akhnoor and Kathua towns got second positions respectively. Dr.S.P.Vaid IGP Jammu Zone was the chief guest on the occasion.

Mohd. Taj

 

 

 

In the Bull’s Eye

Police Department has been created for maintenance of Law & Order. Recruitment of physically fit candidates is mandatory and are put on physical training in order to develop discipline and endurance. When a constable is posted at a particular place for law and order duty for longer duration. Short term courses and Annual Range Classification help him to gain confidence and maintain accuracy in targeting. The general aim of Range classification is to make constable self confident, brave, disciplined and better prepared for maintenance of Law & order. Generally range classification is being held once in a year, wherein officers/officials are put on Range Classification. Since HG/CD & Aux. Police is governed under one banner and wardens of Civil Defence have also been given opportunity to participate in this year range classification to make them prepared for any eventuality. So that they could also be deployed on Law and Order duties whenever required as this wing is a part and parcel of this organisation and is working as Auxiliary with this force.

T.R.Rana

 

 

 


Redressal of Grievances

As a measure of man management, redressal of grievances of the personnels of Aux. Police and Homeguards volunteers, Darbars are conducted periodically in Jammu and Srinagar and at other districts Heardquarters. A darbar of Homeguards volunteers of Kathua was held by Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP Homeguards/Civil Defence/Auxiliary Police J&K at Aux.Police Dett. Kathua on 2nd December 2005, in which all the senior officers were also present. Volunteers raised many grievances related to their training, enhancement in wages, uniform articles, recruitment in Aux.Police, messing facility, attachment to nearest police station etc. Some of their grievances were redressed on the spot by the IGP and assurance was given for taking up the remaining demands at the concerned level. As a sequence of Raising Day Celebration a Darbar of volunteers of Homeguads was held at Aux.Police Line 2nd Bn. Jammu in which volunteers from various districts of J&K participated.

 

Sh. Navin Agarwal IGP HG/ CD holding a Darbar


At the outset IGP gave following instructions:
1. Duty structure should be implemented strictly.
2. 60 days training and 90 days call up period should be implemented.
3. With the setting up of two CTIs, 60 days full fledged residential training is made possible.
4. Those volunteers who have rendered six years service will be re-engaged provided their work and conduct during the period remained satisfactory. Welfare centre would be setup on the pattern of police so that the income of volunteers could be supplemented and will be provided stitched uniforms in future. Volunteers namely Krishan Lal Sharma Section Commander Rajouri, Ms. Kamla Sharma Jammu, Azaz Ahmed Pl.Comdr.Baramulla, Showkat Ali GM Poonch, Kewal Kumar section commander Doda raised issues relating to enhancement in wages, full year employment, compensation to injured and diseased who died in harness, transportation, accommodation, preference in recruitment in police respectively.Sh.Navin Agarwal addressing the darbars said that Homeguards is integral part of Police and help in every aspect of policing like other ancillary units. Its volunteer character needs to be restored and their services should be utilized especially on important occasion like festivals, national events, disasters etc. Sh.Agarwal on spot directed officers present to redress their grievances and submit the compliance report to the Directorate. He also said that demands like enhancement in wages, full year employment etc. are under the consideration of Government. He declared that all round best trainee and best in various events will be rewarded suitably.

Mohd. Majid Malik

 

 

 


 


Intellectual Inputs

Dr. Ashok Bhan Commissioner Vigilance delivering a lecture on earthquake
in a seminar at Jammu Club


Earth shakes, destroys and damages life and property and so the consciousness is also shaken. One tends to think what is it ? How it occurs ? Will it happen again ? These queries and problems disturb. Civil Defence is the organisation of masses, so a seminar on earthquake was a better answer to all the queries of people. On 3-12-05 a seminar on earthquake was organized at Jammu Club. Speaker and experts on the subject were called to deliberate on topic earthquake and its related issues. Sh.H.C.Nainwal, an expert from Garhwal University, Sh.G.M.Bhat from Jammu University, Smt. Sheshi Prabha from GGM Science College, Sh.Omar Nedou chief warden Srinagar, Dy.SP Ab.Qayoom, Sh.R.K.Khajuria Dy.Divisional warden Jammu were the speakers. The various inputs by the experts were :
1. Need of adequate town planning acts, building regulation.
2. Need for safe construction of buildings.
3. Roles and responsibilities of owners, builders, architect/engineers, regulatory bodies.
4. Disaster management
5. Visions of Earthquake disaster Management.

Sh. Navin Agarwal IGP HG/ CD presenting memento to one of the participants during their inter-college debate competition at Jammu

The most important aspect of the inputs by various experts was that a culture of disaster management needs to be inculcated in people at all levels i.e. starting from individual, to family, to village level, to district level, to state level and to national level. Besides public participation and awareness is also important aspect of any disaster management. Experts also stressed upon the norms to be followed in constructions of buildings by the organisation which deal with disaster management. Besides it was also deliberated upon that the after shocks is also a feature of any earthquake and be prepared for any disaster in future.

Manjeet Kour

 

 

 


Chief wardens’ Conference

A view of Chief Warden Conference at RCDCC Jammu
Sh. B.R. Sharma Divisional Commissioner Jammu listening to a Chief Warden during conference at RCDCC Jammu

This conference was a historic occasion in the history of Civil Defence of J&K in which the high dignitaries of various fields like Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sh.B.R.Sharma IAS, Sh.Gulzar Singh Slathia DIG HG/CD & Aux. Police Jammu, Sh.Mukesh Singh SSP Jammu, Sh.S.M.Khatotra Divisional Commandant Homeguards Jammu, Dy.Controllers and Area Commanders of various Civil Defence towns besides chief wardens and Dy.Chief wardens also took part and discussed all the aspect of Civil Defence organisation especially to combat the threat of any eventuality and earthquake. The importance of this conference has increased many fold as the chief wardens of various towns shared, not only their past experience, but also discussed various points as well as requirement which were felt during and after the 8th October’s earthquake relief and rescue operation. Second important thing was that, in this conference Dy.Controllers and area commanders of various Civil Defence towns were given the opportunity to speak about the organizational structure and functioning of Civil Defence in their areas. Moreover, they also highlighted the problems faced by them in rendering the services of Civil Defence in their respective towns. To my mind it was wonderful experience of attending this conference, chaired by Divisional Commissioner and presided over by IGP HG/CD & Aux.Police J&K where in number of issues were sorted out on spot. Since Civil Defence is dependent on twelve services, it is suggested that in future conferences heads of these services should also be invited for better understanding and cooperation in rendering services to the community. Besides chief wardens conference, various other conferences were also held in the year 2005 in which various agendas were discussed about the Training programmes for new volunteers and as a result of these conferences the civil defence J&K is touching new height. Working of Civil Defence has improved a lot and the excellent working of Civil Defence during and after the earthquake was even highly appreciated and acknowledged publicly by the honorable Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh. Hence these conferences will definitely encourage morale of our wardens & volunteers and will motivate others to join this selfless service of Civil Defence.

Paramjeet Kumar

 

 




Looking after the welfare of families

No organisation stands motivated if the welfare of the officials and their families is not kept in mind. One such endeavor is the establishment of welfare centre in Aux. Police 2nd Bn. where the lady wives of Police personnel, lady guards and volunteers have been provided opportunity to stitch uniforms and make craft items, for which they would be given remuneration. The response of the ladies was overwhelming and they were happy to be engaged in welfare centre which could help in supplementing their income. The welfare centre was inaugurated by Dr.Indu Khoda, lady wife of Sh.Kuldip Khoda ADGP CID on 05-12-05. Mrs. Seema Agarwal lady wife of Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP HG/CD & Aux.Police J&K being chairperson HG/Aux. Police welfare association personally supervised the establishment of welfare centre.

 

Dr. Indu Khoda Lady wife of Shri Kuldeep Khoda ADGP CID inaugurating Aux. Police & Home Guards welfare centre.
Dr. Indu Khoda interacting with Lady wives of Home Guards/ Aux. Police Women Welfare Association

Interaction with martyrs families was also kind gesture in this regard. The families of Aux. Police personnel who had sacrificed their lives, were called and heard, and their problems redressed. Blankets were presented to them as a token of remembrance. The families came from all parts of J&K state and were glad to realise that the department has not forgotten them.

 

Sh. Kuldeep Khoda ADGP CID presenting Certificates among the winners at Aux. Police Lines Srinagar

 

 


Raising Day Prade

 

Sh. Vijay Bakaya Chief Secretary addressing the Homeguards & Civil Defence Raising Day parade at Jammu.
Sh. Vijay Bakaya Chief Secretary J&K &
Sh. Gopal Sharma DGP J&K inspecting the parade.

 

Annual Raising Day parade was held at Aux. Police 2nd Bn. Jammu under the supervision and direction of Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP Homeguards / Civil Defence / Auxiliary Police J&K. Sh.Vijay Bakaya Chief Secretary J&K was the chief guest on the occasion while Sh. Gopal Sharma DGP J&K presided over the function. On the arrival of the chief guest general salute followed by March past was presented by the Aux. Police, Homeguards and Civil Defence contingents.

Sh. Navin Agarwal IGP formally welcomed the chief guest and other distinguished guests. Highlighting achievements of the organisation he emphasized that after the grant of parallel sanction by the state Govt. for nine new Civil Defence towns shortages in terms of transport, equipment, manpower, funds still needs to be overcome. He further said that Aux. Police should be trained and utilised on the pattern of National Emergency Response Force in order to manage disasters effectively. On this occasion he conveyed the good wishes of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of J&K and also read out the messages of H.E President of India, Hon’ble Prime Minister, Union Home Minister, H.E. Governor J&K, Union Home Secretary and Director General Civil Defence.

Sh. Vijay Bakaya Chief Secretary presenting momento to Sh. Mohd. Majid malik Dy. SP during Annual Raising Day of HG/ CD.
Annual Raising Day Parade

Sh.Gopal Sharma DGP J&K in his address lauded the role of Homeguards and Civil Defence volunteers during the recent earthquake. He congratulated all ranks of Homeguards and Civil Defence on the Raising Day.

Addressing the Raising Day Parade Sh. Bakaya said that the force has earned repute in the whole country for the exemplary work done in the recent earthquake and whole country stood in praise of the volunteers. He also praised Sh. Navin Agarwal IGP and his team for expanding the base of Civil Defence in all the three regions of the state. Regarding the demands of Homeguards and Civil Defence he assured that the Govt. will soon take suitable action on it. Earlier he distributed prizes among the winners of various events during week long celebration. Prominent among those present were Sh.P.S.Gill, ADGP Armed J&K, Sh.Kuldeep Khoda, ADGP CID J&K, Dr.S.P.Vaid, IGP, Sh.S.S.Bijral IGP, Sh.M.M.Khajuria former DGP, Sh.Nasir Khan former IGP, Sh.C.L.Banal IGP Retd., Sh.Ramesh Kotwal DIG, Sh.M.A.Anjum DIG Armed, Sh.Ashok Gupta DPT, Sh.M.A.Bhat Director Fire & Emergency Services, Sh.Rajinder Singh Sodhi Joint Director Fire & Emergency Services, Dr.Kamal Saini SSP, Ms.Manju Rashid SSP, Chief wardens/Dy. Controllers of Civil Defence towns.



Revival of Civil Defence in Kashmir

Sh. Navin Agrawal IGP Civil Defence during the valedictory function of Volunteers at RCDCC Srinagar
A view of one day convention of Wardens at RCDCC Srinagar

 



Saving Precious Lives

A timely, well calculated action by Civil Defence volunteers who saved lives of people and in some cases damage was also minimized. One such incident occurred on account of incessant rains which flooded the Tawi and other rivers of Jammu. Civil Defence officials and wardens were put to rescue operations in Nagrota, Bajalta and Nikki Tawi area. Two lives were saved by Civil Defence volunteers from Nikki Tawi and about 35 civilans were evacuated to safer areas. Again a major mass Chlorine Gas leakage tragedy was averted by a vigilant Divisional warden Sh.Ved Parkash of Civil Defence Udhampur by his timely action. On 14-11-05 at about 0220 hrs. a fire broke out in H.No.623/A Gandhi Nagar which belongs to Sh.Chander Mohan. An always alert Dy.Chief Warden Sh.Pramjeet Kumar informed the Civil Defence control room Jammu about the fire. Civil Defence Jammu immediately swung into action and arrived on spot with Civil Defence firefighting teams and controlled the fire which was about to take a big shape. The timely action of Dy.Chief warden/Civil Defence fire fighting party a major fire was averted, hence causing minimum damage to property.

Civil Defence Volunteers during waterman ship camp at Mansar
Sh. Navin Agrawal IGP Civil Defence Honouring a Civil Defence volunteer for saving lives during flash floods in Jammu

Just after the occurrence of Earthquake Civil Defence officials and wardens were directed to remain alert and vigilant to help the people in case of this nature’s fury. In Kashmir valley immediately after the earthquake many camps were established at various locations under the supervision of Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP HG/CD & Aux.Police J&K Jammu for rescue and evacuation job. About 300 patients were shifted by Civil Defence volunteers from earthquake affected areas to SKIMS, Soura and SMHS Hospital Srinagar and Bone & Joints Hospital Barzala Srinagar after providing of first Aid Assistance and moral support by Civil Defence organisation.The team of Civil Defence volunteers at camps established at Idd Gah Bemina and Nageen provided first aid facilities and tentage accommodation to the homeless people.In Uri, where devastation was much higher, Civil Defence organisation rescued injured and dug out died bodies from debris besides providing relief material to the victims. In Srinagar city the rumors about earthquake which created panic was well curbed by the Civil Defence wardens. In this connection in Jammu a meeting was held in RCDCC Jammu under the chairman ship of Sh.Gulzar Singh Slathia DIG HG/CD & Aux.Police Jammu. Civil Defence officials and wardens were directed to remain alert and vigilant and be prepared to help the people who had been affected by the earthquake. A team of volunteers was also sent to Poonch to help the affected people.

Ms. Manjeet Kour

 

 



Reaching Out To Non Categorized Areas

The 8th of October 2005 has become a date in the history of the world. Suddenly a gust of an unusual kind of wind blasted through my garden and suddenly my dog lay down clasping the ground in a very unusual position. I also hugged the ground, very slyly looked around for my family and alarmingly called them to come out in the open. As I looked towards my house, it was shaking as same as the ripples on the ground. This was enough to send a signal to my mind that it was the last time I would see my house standing. The nature of my job took me moles away from my home the same day away into the high mountains by helicopter to Uri and Tangdar. In the flight to Uri the afternoon of the 8th I could not see any visible damage of an earthquake as all the house were in tact the roofs with G.I. sheets were shining in the autumn sun. It got me thinking as to why I am here with a team. As soon as we landed the shocking truth came to light it was a scene from hell. Every house seemed as a tank had driven through. We saw the human beings in shock not even looking even to strangers who had arrived, we went to a near by village and established camp and no sooner we were in the rubbles of the damaged houses. The work had begun with a shock. I saw for my surprise seriously injured casualties with limb and head injuries and sat beside them and gave them hope of recovery. The next day I was again airlifted with another team of my volunteers and doctors to Tangdar. It was the same kind of destruction all over. People were rendered all possible help in the medical field, it was a village of Khoor, where we saw a woman who was seriously injured in the head by falling debris as soon as the information reached us we rushed to the site but in vain she had breathed her last. The pain of the family as humans could not be tolerated. The shock of the quake was so terrible that nobody came forward except her immediate families and my team of Civil Defence volunteers who performed her last rites.

Civil Defence Volunteers distributing relief among earthquake victims.
Civil Defence Volunteers retrieving property from an earthquake collapsed house.

The nature of my job gave me an opportunity to serve my countrymen and the memories of this human tragedy will always stay with me.

Sh.Omer Nedou

 

 


Stretching the Limit

Civil Defence J&K which have a decades long existence with activities like fire fighting, Rescue, first aid at Civil Defence Towns and viz-a-viz focused on Basic trainings of Volunteers. Till the year 2005 only 10 CD Towns were activated this year 09 new CD Towns were given parallel sanction. Last year very impressive National level Civil Defence Conference on subject, “Weapons of Mass Destruction and Natural Calamities” was held in SKICC on 14th to 16th July, 2004 where experts from outside the State deliberated on the subject and this year also a seminar was held at Srinagar on the subject “Disaster Management is too important to be left in the hands of Govt. alone” on 27th July, 2005 at IMPA, Srinagar. A workshop on “Disaster & Response” was held at grand palace, Srinagar on 19-09-2005 which was organized by Oxfam [India] trust, thereby giving perception in the minds of the people that Civil Defence is an important and indispensable Organisation as first responder. These Seminars and Conferences are a source of inspiration and create awareness among general public. In the meanwhile we were face to face with devastating earthquake in the State with unprecedented damage to life and property in Uri, Kamalkote, Karnah, Tangdar, Teetwal, Langate, Gurez, Poonch & Baramulla etc. taking away precious human lives and destroying houses and other property. Though the epicenter of earthquake was in POK but yet the tremors were felt in valley, Jammu and other parts of the State. Due to mass awareness by Civil Defence people came out of their houses and in this way there was no damage to human lives except in the areas of Uri, Tangdar, Teetwal, Kamalkote, Poonch. On 8th Oct. at 9.45 Civil Defence control Room Srinagar was activated by IGP, HG/CD J&K Sh.Navin Agarwal for relief and rescue measures, under his close supervision various teams were rushed to effected areas of Uri, Tangdar & Baramulla equipped with logistic and relief and many camps were establishment at Uri, Langate, Baramulla, besides providing Ambulances services to various hospitals in Srinagar city, besides retrieving the dead bodies from the debris and burial of the dead body and airlifting of injured from the effected areas was well co-ordinated.Though Tangdar, Teetwal and such other areas are not categorized areas one but taking the human problem as serious one Chief Wardens, Wardens and Volunteers were mobilized to all the areas stretching the limits and jurisdiction of the category towns. IGP Sh.Navin Agarwal personally supervised the rescue operations in effected areas including distribution of relief material. The Civil provided attendants to the injured and identifying the isolated children. Relief and rescue teams headed by Dy SP Suram Singh, Dy.Chief Warden, Srinagar Mauzam Bakshi camped at Uri while Chief Warden Sh.Omer Nedou camped at Tangdar and other areas of Kupwara. During the relief and rescue measures the camps remained established for weeks together and at Uri, Kamalkote, Tangdar, Karnah, Teetwal, Langate, Gurez, SKIMS, SHMS and Bone & Joint Hospital, Srinagar and provided medicine and even food to numberless injured. On 15th October 2005 relief material in five vehicles was flagged off from RCDCC, Srinagar by the ADGP (Armed) Police, J&K and sent to Kamalkote and Kandi. On 22-10-2005, a Civil Defence relief team lead by Chief Warden Srinagar visited Tangdar, Teetwal and Karnah, on 29-10-2005 visited Kandi, Baramulla etc. and on 14-11-2005, visited Lolab, Kupwara and distributed relief material to the earthquake victims. In this way the Civil Defence has proved to be a service to the humanity, “Mana Ki Iss Jahaan Ko Gulashan Naa Kar Sakey Hum, Kuch Kantey Raste Kay Hum Ney Bee Kum Kiya Hain.”

Gh.Sarwar Chowhan

 

 

 


Duty unto death

 

Late Ct. Ab.Rashid Wani No.1296/Aux sacrificed life performing PSO duties
Late Ali Mohammad Wani No.351/VHG died during earthquake rescue work

 

The jawans of Homeguards & Auxiliary Police organisation have been doing their duties at par with executive and armed police, whether it is guard duties, Escorts, PSOs with ministers and senior officers entrusted with most sensitive like protection of VIPs and vital installations and also meeting exigencies during natural calamities. Constable Ab.Rashid Wani No.1296 of Aux. Police Ist Bn. Srinagar performing PSO duties by MLA Kulgam/General Secretary CPI(M) Shri Mohd Yousuf Tarigami in a militant attacks in Srinagar he sacrificed his life but saved the life of the leader and other people present there on 18th October 2005. During the recent earthquake, the teams of officers/men were rushed to Uri/Tangdhar along with medicines, blankets, tents, sleeping bags and other first material for conducting first aid/rescue operations. Hundreds of civilians were rescued and evacuated to safer areas and injured shifted to Hospitals during this process at Uri and its connected areas. A Homeguards volunteer namely Ali Mohammad Wani No.351/NG of District Kupwara also laid down his life while conducting rescue operations in Tangdhar.

M.A.Danposh

 

 

 


Man Management & Motivation

Sh. Navin Agarwal IGP Home Guards/ Civil Defence and Aux. Police J&K pinning Medal on
Sh. A.R. Badree Inspector.

Man Management is an art with top brass providing leadership to the subordinate units at all levels and at all occasions. Shri Navin AgarwalIPS,IGP HG/CD/Aux.Police J&K-Jammu having inherent leadership qualities have given new era of hopes particularly at the level of NGO’s, lower subordinates upto lowest ebb of hierarchy. The new spirit and morale in the officers and Jawans have been reposed by holding Darbars, orderly Rooms and giving hearing to the lower subordinates. This dimension of this attitude have given a sense of belongingness and family hood. Even due to such leadership chief wardens and other ranks of wardens and volunteers got multi dimensional spirit in rendering selfless service to the society and the nation that is why the Organisation is being viewed by the masses with highest estimation. This is what the outcome of man management and motivation and in true sense of organizational frame work and guidelines. The year 2005 have remained the year of multifarious activities and challenges for the Organisation. Proper supervision of the performance for subordinate units, individuals is infact a proper man management and motivation viz-a-viz promotion in the Aux.Police, at Ministerial level, Conversion from Executive into MEC, elevation of Voluntary Homeguards as company Commanders, Platoon Commanders and Section Commanders thereby indirectly inculcating leadership qualities. Even in Civil Defence there is elevation of wardens as Dy. Chief Wardens in Srinagar and Jammu and such other hierarchy and other Categorized Towns also, giving boost to morale of Civil Defence Wardens and Volunteers, so that their performance is recognized by the organization in true sense. There is a continuity of the policy of giving due promotion elevation initiated by the predecessor of IGP and infact it is being tackled meticulously. During the year 2005 despite many bottleneck and lesser avenues of promotions, DPCs were held as per norms and following is the break up of promotions in the Organisation:


1. SP to SSP = 1
2. Dysp to SP = 1
3. SI to Inspector = 1
4. ASI to SI = 5
5. ASI(M) to SI(M) = 1
6. HC to ASI = 16
7. HC(M) to ASI(M) = 1
8. Sgct to HC = 59
9. Sgct(DI) to HC = 7
10. Ct to Sgct = 60
11. Conversion into MEC= 12

Gh.Sarwar Chouhan

 

Focus on Training

Basic Training for VHGs-2005 = 546
Refresher Course for VHGs-2005 = 160
Civil Defence wardens trained outside State = 03
Civil Defence wardens trained within State = 890


North zone Senior Superintendents of Police
workshop at Srinagar on 27th -28th June 2005.

Director General of Police Sh. Gopal Sharma inaugurating the Regional workshop of Superintendents of Police at Srinagar on 27th June 2005
Sh. Anil Choudhary Special Secretary (Home) Government of India on the concluding day of Regional workshop at Srinagar

Regional workshop of north zone senior superintendents of police was held at SKICC Srinagar on 27th & 28th of June 2005. Sh.Gopal Sharma, DGP J&K, inaugurated the two days Regional workshop at SKICC Srinagar on June 27th 2005. The workshop was attended by superintendents of police from states like Bihar, Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, HP, UP, Uttaranchal and J&K. Calling for maintaining close synergy among the police forces of various States of the country, the DGP of J&K Sh.Gopal Sharma, IPS said that the sharing of each others experiences by police officers will be a key for attaining excellence in delivery of police services to the society. Mr. Sharma said that the efficiency of police organization is ultimately judged by the people in terms of its efficiency in the delivery of police services to the people. This could be achieved better by removing certain basic impediments of organizational and infrastructural nature, and outsourcing of some non-core police functions. In his key address Director National Police Academy Mr. Kamal Kumar said that the aim of holding Regional workshops is to discuss ways and means to improve the quality of police service and improvement in its delivery system. He said the issues emerging from the discussion and exchange of ideas would be formulated and presented to Hon’ble Prime Minister. During the workshop eighth syndicate groups were setup to discuss eighth items Viz.

1. Improvement in delivery of police service to people Moderator Sh.S.V.M Tripathi
2. Community participation in policing Moderator Sh.Shanker Sen.
3. National security challenges before the police, Moderator Dr. A.P Mukerjee
4. Criminal Justice reforms Moderator Dr. A.P Mukerjee
5. Human resource development and training in police
Moderator Sh.Satish Sawhney
6. Rural Policing and village police setup Moderator Sh. S.V.M.Tripathi
7. Problems of Urban and metropolitan policing
Moderator Sh.Satish Sawhney
8. New challenges to the policing (tech.& economic dev.) Moderator Sh.K.K.Kashap

Earlier the IGP Homeguard/Civil & Aux.Police who was also the organizing secretary of the workshop welcomed the delegates and gave brief resume of the two days workshop. Officers of Homeguards/Civil Defence/Auxiliary Police helped in the successful conduct of the workshop.

R.K.Bhat

 

 

 


Catch them young

School Children at an on the spot painting competition at Srinagar
Young Civil Defence volunteers creating awareness about Civil Defence among public

The thinking of citizenship, nationalism, patriotism and helping the nation can’t be put in ones mind when he/she has setup a goal in their life in when they are at the end of finishing their task of any help to others.

This feeling can be put into action only when the people are still young to adopt all these practices, at school level or at college level which are the levels of learning something. A student can develop in his mind the feeling of nationalism when some source of information regarding the national service is provided to him/her.

At a young age a person’s personality can be moulded and given any shape and this shape will persist till he is alive. So at young age if a person can understand the need of his help towards his country, men, he/she will prove to be a good citizen. A person grows from a child to a boy & from s boy to a man. If such habits of Civil Defence are inculcated at a young age this habit will remain throughout the life. This is the need of today, to have a better secured life so that we can live without fear and fright. The feeling towards people and nation can be arisen in young children who are at school level or at most at college level. This feeling of Civil Defence can be introduced in them through various sources as follows.

1. By holding Civil Defence Debate competitions in school and colleges.
2. Through distribution of Civil Defence literature
3. Posters showing heroic acts towards nation be displayed in schools.
4. Lectures on the role and scope of Civil Defence be given to students.

All these measures and many more can be introduced as young minds are impressionable and will help to serve the purpose of Civil Defence. And moreover, these young children will grow to be the future sustainers on this earth and if they posses the feeling of Civil Defence. Civil Defence J&K is catching them young by creating awareness, educating them through debate competitions, painting competitions, Essay writings, Quiz programme etc.
So this is an effort which can train students and young children to serve their nation’s and help in making our nation a happy place to live.

Mohd Ashraf