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A view of Auxiliary Police jawans during
Officers of HG/CD & Aux. Police during Darbar
at Aux. police 1st Bn. Srinagar

A Darbar was held on May 17, 2007 at Auxiliary Police 1st Battalion Hqrs. Srinagar to listen the problems of jawans / officers of Homeguards/Civil Defence & Aux. Police organisation and their redressal on spot. Sh.Navin Agarwal, IPS, briefed the police personnel and directed them to discharge their duties with devotion and dedication and to become public friendly while discharging their duties. He assured the Jawans that their legitimate grievances & problems will be redressed as soon as possible. Some of the minor grievances were solved on spot. Most of the Jawans reported that there is a prolonged promotional stagnation in all ranks. Some of Jawans requested for in-situ promotional benefits with retrospective effect. The Jawans & officers expressed their heart felt thanks to Shri Navin Agarwal, IPS for conducting the Darbar and listening to the various issues concerning the organisation.



We recently faced peculiar situation due to continued closure of the Srinagar– Jammu National Highway for a period of twelve days. We have had to acquire the services of Airforce for airlifting essential supplies like milk, vegetables, egg etc. On 21st March 2007, flood alert was sounded as the water level at Sangam crossed the danger level.

On both these occasions, the services of Civil Defence and Homegurads volunteers were sought to support the Divisional Administration. The volunteers formed rescue teams in flood hit areas of Nowgam, Bemina, Padshahi Bagh, Wunbal, Nehru Park and Sharief-abad etc. In this context I would like to place on record the commendable services put in by the officers of Homeguards and Civil Defence”.

Basharat Ahmed Dhar IAS,
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir





Certificates and cash rewards being given to Homeguard volunteers

A New batch of 29 Homeguard volunteers, who underwent 42 days Basic training course at Central Training Institute of Homeguards and Civil Defence Jammu, passed out successfully on May 16, 2007. Sh. T.Phunsog, IPS Commandant Aux. Police 2nd Bn Jammu was the chief guest on the occasion. He took salute and later on also distributed certificates and cash rewards among the Homeguard volunteers for their outstanding performance in various disciplines of training: G/M Ajay Kumar No.87/Kathua (First Position), G/M Ved Parkash No.72/Jammu (Second Position), G/M Sumit Singh No.265/Jammu (Third Position), while Sh.Mohd. Shafeeq was adjudged as best marks man and Anil Kumar as the best trainee. Chief Guest while addressing the VHGs stressed upon the importance of quality training and expressed pleasure that during training VHGs have exhibited great dedication, devotion and hard work. He also congratulated the volunteers for their discipline, drill and turn-out. Among others present on the occasion were Sh.S.M.Khatotra Divisional Commandant Homeguards Jammu, Ms.Manjit Kour Dy.SP, Sh.T.R.Rana,Dy.SP, Sh.P.D.Sharma Dy.SP, Sh.K.K.Sharma Dy.SP and other Senior Police officers and CD wardens.



Civil Defence Doda organized five days Civil Defence Basic Training Programme in the premises of Govt. Middle School Pul Doda w.e.f. April 30, 2007 to May 4, 2007. During this programme about 36 Civil Defence volunteers were imparted Civil Defence Basic Training course by the instructors of Central Training Institute HG/CD Jammu. On this occasion, Sh.Mohd Aslam, Dy.Controller Civil Defence Doda delivered a lecture on the topic “Strengthening up of Civil Defence activities during Emergency and Disaster”. A large number of Civil Defence wardens & volunteers, besides prominent citizens of Doda city and Pul Doda participated in the inaugural programme.



An awareness camp was organized by Civil Defence Srinagar at Aux. Police 1st Bn. on May 10, 2007. At the outset Sh. Mauzam Bakshi, Dy. Chief Warden, CD Srinagar highlighted the activities of Civil Defence which were carried out during winter months in the valley, and on account of which not only the public but the Divisional Administration had a word of praise. Col. S.S. Raghav in his speech, threw light about the role of NCC Cadets during disasters and emphasized the need for close co-ordination between NCC and Civil Defence. Shri Amir Ali while appraising the volunteers about the scope of UNDP programmes thanked the Civil Defence organisation on behalf of Divisional Administration for the assistance provided on certain occasions particularly during “Operation Hamsafar”.

Addressing the gathering, Shri Navin Agarwal, IGP HG/CD & Aux. Police J&K Srinagar while expressing satisfaction about the progress achieved by Civil Defence, in the day-to-day activities and cordial relationship with NGOs and other agencies, exhorted upon the volunteers to take active part in the Civil Defence activities in future also. He presented cash rewards and commendation certificates to the CD wardens/ volunteers in recognition of extra-ordinary commendable work done during recent unprecedented floods. On this occasion staff officer to IGP and Commandant 1st Bn. also presented cash rewards to some volunteers of Lawaypora post. The dignitaries who attended the function were : Shri Ghulam Sarwar Chauhan, SSP, Col. S.S. Raghav, Group Comdr. NCC, Col. S.S. Sambial, TRG Officer NCC HQ, Shri M.A. Danposh, Commandant Aux 1st Bn.,Dr. G.M. Untoo, Secretary Red Cross Society, Shri Amir Ali, Project Coordinator, UNDP





NCC cadets undergoing Civil Defence training at Srinagar

Civil Defence Srinagar imparted disaster related training to 500 NCC junior wing cadets at their Training Centre in the premises of JAKLI (Rangreth), Srinagar on May 11, 2007. It was on the concluding day function of NCC training classes, that a training lecture & mock exercise on earthquake was organized for trainees by Civil Defence. On this occasion, among other who witnessed the event were : Brig (R) Dr. Khanna, Member High Power Disaster Management Committee, Delhi., Col. S.S. Raghav, Group Comdr. NCC, Col. S.S. Sambyal, TRG Officer NCC HQ, Col. Incharge Trainings JAKLI, Shri A.H. Beig, Deputy Controller RCDCC, Sh. Mauzam Bakshi, Dy. Chief Warden, CD, Srinagar, Shri Amir Ali, Project Coordinator, UNDP Brig. Khanna gave the details of National Disaster Schemes and the role of cadets/ volunteers during mitigation programmes. Mr. Amir Ali along with the Civil Defence Team delivered training lecture and organized spot mock exercise regarding preventive measures to be taken in case of earthquake, natural and man-made disasters. NCC cadets participated in the drill with full enthusiasm under the command of Civil Defence Team which was highly appreciated by the guests. On this occasion Col. S. S. Raghav requested the Civil Defence for imparting similar type of CD practical trainings to their cadets in future also.

During spot interaction, Dy. Controller RCDCC requested NCC authorities for providing nominal role of senior division cadets enabling RCDCC to enroll Srinagar resident cadets in the CD service.



A view of officers during an orientation cum co-ordination conference on Urban fire mock drill at Srinagar

An orientation cum co-ordination conference on Urban fire mock drill was organized by National Disaster Management Authority at SKICC Srinagar on May 12, 2007 in which Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, DG Fire and Emergency Service, DIG Srinagar, DIG BSF, Dr.B.K.Khanna Specialist & Exercise coordinator NDMA, DC Srinagar, Col.S.S.Raghav of NCC, Col.S.S.Sambyal of NCC, Sh.Muzaffar Ahmad Director Health Services, Commandant Aux. Police 1st Bn, Area Commander Homeguards Srinagar, Addl. Commissioner Kashmir, Dy.Controller RCDCC Srinagar, Dy.Chief warden civil defence Srinagar participated. In his inaugural speech the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir highlighted the role of various departments in the Disaster Management. Dr.B.K.Khanna presented a PowerPoint slide presentation and discussed various details of the proposed mock drill. He explained in detail the steps required to be taken by different units Dr.Khanna also highlighted the importance and role of Civil Defence in the forthcoming Mock Drill, Search & Rescue, Fire fighting, Law & Order, Evacuation, Relief and Transport. In the end, it was unanimously decided that on June 14, 2007 table top exercise would be conducted whereas the final drill/ exercise would be conducted on August 20, 2007.




Sh. Bhupinder Singh, SP Telecom distributing certificates & pocket allowance to CD wardens who underwent communication course

A three days communication course was organized at provincial level for the wardens of Civil Defence category towns of Jammu zone w.e.f. 21-5-2007 to 23-5-2007 at the Hqrs. of Central Training Institute Home Guards / Civil Defence Jammu. Shri Bupinder Singh, Supdt. of Police, Police Telecommunications Jammu Zone Jammu was the chief Guest on the occasion. Shri Bupinder highlighted the importance of communication at time of disaster and gave an insight into the handling and utility of sophisticated communication equipments like Walkie Talkie sets in modern communication Net Work especially in the Civil Defence communication coverage. Chief guest distributed pocket allowances and training certificates among the Civil Defence Wardens who underwent this course. Senior wardens from Jammu zone participated in this training programme.



  • On May 11, 2007 Brig.Dr.B.K.Khanna Specilist & Exercise Coordinator NDMA visited RCDCC Srinagar and had detailed interaction with Civil Defence Wardens and paid staff to discuss the mock exercise. Dr.Khanna also visited RCDCC Communication Hall where he was briefed about holdings and functioning of Civil Defence wireless and Hot lines.
  • Officers inspecting the Range Classification of VHGs at Uttervani, Jammu
    Range Classification of VHGs who were undergoing training has been conducted on May 16,2007 at Utterbani Firing Butt Jammu in which 29 VHGs were put on practice.
  • A lecture based demonstration on “Relief and Rescue During & After Disaster” with special stress on First Aid and Knots was organized by Regional Civil Defence Control Centre Jammu for the trainees of IMPA. A complete session of lecture, practice on knots by participants and demonstration was organized. Mrs. Manjit Kour KPS, Dy.Controller Jammu delivered a powerpoint presentation on various aspects of Rescue, Stages & Emergency methods of Rescue. During the practice session the participants practiced knots and in the third session, a mock exercise on Rescue methods & First Aid was conducted by the staff of Central Training Institute HG/CD Jammu. Senior and Middle level officers of CAPD, Education, Health, Police, Fire & Emergency were the participants in the programme.