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Newsletter - September '2006
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Activities of Civil Defence during recent trigger flood

The incessant rains in first week of September triggered floods in Kashmir and flood waters inundated important government installations, besides residential colonies. The flood created havoc and affected about 15 lakh population spreading over 500 vilages in Kashmir valley alone. While most of the damage was caused to the residential buildings, agriculture land, roads and electric supply also suffered damages and huge losses.

Civil Defence volunteers in action during flash floods in Srinagar

The civil defence Organisation put into operation its contingency plans to face the natural calamity of floods in Srinagar. Civil Defence liaison officers put on duty in the central and district flood control rooms and teams were rushed to affected areas of Hamdania colony Bemina along with Civil Defence rescue equipment. Announcements through PA system were made about precautionary measures to be taken by the people. On 3rd & 4th September 2006 Civil Defence Volunteers patrolled Flood prone areas of Mirgund, Zadibal, Kushalsar Dal area Mehjoor Nagar, Padsahi Bagh etc and advised people to shift to the safer places and use boiled water and take necessary precautions. On September 4th Civil Defence team lead by Dy.Controller and Chief warden went to the Padshai Bagh where from 4 ladies were rescued and shifted to Bone and Joints Hospital. On September 5th, volunteers helped the irrigation officials in raising a make shift bund at Bemina (behind Police Quarters) which saved colony from flood waters. First Aid was also provided to the affected populace. Volunteers were detailed to mini control room Nehru park on the instructions from Controller Civil Defence Srinagar and 15 volunteers sent to Lasjan. A free medical Camp was organized where 230 patients were treated at Padsahi Bagh and issued free medicines. While Camp was going on, Civil Defence Volunteers went to near by submerged areas and brought ailing persons in boats and provided them free Medicare facilities in the camp.

Flood water also submerged various localities in Anantnag/Awantipora and Budgam where also Homeguard/Civil Defence volunteer rushed to the effected sites and helped in rescuing operations.

Various quarters and associations including J&K Hussinic people counsel appreciated the role played by Civil Defence Organisation during the flood. The print and electronic media also carried words of appreciation for the volunteers who came to the rescue of the citizens voluntarily.


 

 

Valedictory function of Civil Defence volunteers at Udhampur

A valedictory function of 197 Civil defence volunteers who were recently imparted Basic training, was organized at Udhampur on 15th September 2006. Sh. O.P.Kalendria Dy.Commissioner cum controller civil defence Udhampur was the chief guest on the occasion. In his address, he emphasized upon extending such training camps to rural areas as these are equally vulnerable to disasters. Later on he distributed certificates and pocket allowance among the volunteers. Sh.Des Raj Bhagat Dy.Controller civil defence Udhampur organized the said training programme in assistance with wardens of civil defence town udhampur.

Prominent among those were Sh.Sita Ram chief warden Udhampur, Sh.Surinder Sharma, Sh.Ved Parkash, Dy.chief wardens, Post wardens and sector wardens.


 

 

Civil Defence organises plantation drive

Wardens & volunteers of Civil Defence planting saplings at Jammu

A plantation drive was organised by the Civil Defence Organisation at Govt. Boys Higher Secondery School Gandhi Nagar Jammu on 16th September 2006. The main aim of plantation drive was to make environment of Jammu pollution free and to create an awareness in general public with regard to benefits of plants and trees. Sh.Jugal Mahajan Chief warden civil defence was the chief guest on the occasion who inaugurated the plantation drive. He stressed that more areas should be covered under the plantation drive and educational institutions and housing colonies be associated. Sh.R.P.Gandotra Principal of the school welcomed the Civil Defence team and expressed his gratitude for launching the said plantation drive in his school and assured his cooperation in future also. Incharge Dy.Controller Civil Defence Jammu Sh.Mohd Majid Malik who was the organizer of the plantation drive said that all out efforts are being made to generate awareness among the people about benefits of plantation. He said that similar drives would be launched in more areas. Sh.Bushan Khajuria coordinated the plantation drive in his post.Major Harnam Singh Dy.Chief warden,Sh.Bansi Lal Gupta Divisional warden and Smt.Lalita Devi post warden also spoke on the occasion.


 

 

Civil Defence awareness camp at Anantnag

Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP Civil Defence J&K alongwith officers during Civil Defence camp at Anantnag

A Civil Defence awareness programme was organized by Civil Defence, Anantnag at Govt. Degree College, Khanabal on 19th September 2006. The programme was attended by about 5000 students of the Degree College. Controller Civil Defence Sh.Ghulam Ahmed Peer, IAS and DIG South Kashmir-Range Sh.H.K.Lohia, IPS welcomed the chief guest Sh.Navin Agarwal, IPS IGP Civil Defence J&K under whose guidance the awareness programme was being held. Various demonstrations about precautions to be taken during Air Raids and Bomb Blast, Rescue operations, Fire Fighting, First Aid etc. were shown practically to the students by the Civil Defence Volunteers of Anantnag and Srinagar.

Sh.Gh.Nabi Dar, Dy.Controller Civil Defence, Anantnag and S.Imtiyaz Divisional Warden, Anantnag organized the programme with the cooperation of Dr.Manzoor Ahmed NSS coordinator of Govt. Degree College, Anantnag, Information Department and Youth Services and Sports Department. Sh. Abdul Gani Mir, SSP Anantnag, Sh. Ghulam Sarwar Chouhan, SO to IGP, Civil Defence, J&K, Sh.Manzoor Ahmed Dainposh, Commandant Auxiliary Police Ist Bn Srinagar, Sh. Gowhar Hussain, Chief Prosecuting officer, Anantnag and other senior government functionaries and Civil Defence volunteers were also present on the occasion.


 

 

Range classification held at Manigam

Range classification for Homeguards and Civil Defence volunteers was organized at Police Firing Range, Manigam on 22nd & 23rd September 2006. Prior to this the volunteers had been imparted weapon training and practice in musketry. During the range classification 14 officials, 110 homeguards volunteers and 10 Civil defence wardens took part. The weapons with which firing practice was held included .303 riffle, 7.62mm SLR, 9mm pistol and Insas rifle.


 

 

Prize Distribution Function

Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP Civil Defence J&K presenting certificates to a Civil Defence olunteers at RCDCC Srinagarg

Civil Defence organized a prize distribution function at its Regional Control centre Kothibagh Srinagar on 27th Sept.2006. Sh.Navin Agarwal IPS Inspector general of Police Homeguards & Civil Defence was the chief guest. He distributed cash rewards and commendation certificates among the Civil Defence wardens/volunteers who participated in the Independence Day Parade and took part in various rescue/activities during recent floods in Srinagar town. On this occasion chief guest appreciated the role and interest taken by the volunteers in organizing various programmes. Chief warden Srinagar Sh.Omer Nedou highlighted the specific activities carried by the volunteers and assured that in future the volunteers will continue to serve with same dedication and zeal and spirit. Sh.A.H.Beigh Dy.Controller Civil Defence Srinagar organised the function.


 

 

Supreme sacrifice by Homeguard volunteer

The Homeguard volunteers have remained on the forefront while performing the duties even if it costs their life. Continuing with this tradition Homeguard volunteer Mubark Ali No.26/VHG S/o Gh.Nabi Bhat R/o Bhatta Dessa of district Doda who had been performing duties dedicatedly was attacked by the terrorists on 28-09-2006 and while facing them bravely sacrificed his life and attained martyrdom.


Sh.G.A. Peer Dy.Commissioner cum Controller Civil Defence Anantnag addressing volunteers at civil defence awareness camp on 19th Sept.2006
Sh.Navin Agarwal IGP Civil Defence J&K appreciating the work done by volunteers during recent flash floods at Srinagar

 

Sh.H.K.Lohia DIG SKR Anantnag at a Civil Defence function at Anantnag
Homeguard volunteers undergoing traning at CTI Jammu

 

A view of civil defence volunteers during a function at Budgam
A view of civil defence wardens during a plantation drive function at Jammu