Governor urges for more SDRF battalions to tackle emergencies

TNN Bureau. Updated: 12/7/2017 1:53:55 AM


JAMMU: In view of state’s vulnerability to natural disasters, particularly earthquakes owing to it falling in sensitive seismic Zones-IV and V, governor N N Vohra on Wednesday batted strongly for raising of more State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) battalions for deployment in all the three regions- Jammu, Srinagar and Ladakh, besides enlarging the strength of highly trained volunteers.
Reiterated that there was no substitute to the Force, assisted by highly trained volunteers equipped with state-of-the-art equipments, to effectively deal with emergencies, Governor also commended the SDRF for its performance, considering the crucial tasks it attends in very difficult situations.
Governor suggested this while addressing the celebrations organized on 55th Raising Day of Home Guards & Civil Defence (HG & CD), here today.
On this occasion organized at the Gulshan Parade Ground, Governor took the salute and inspected the parade.
Addressing the gathering, Governor observed that ever since its inception in 1962, the HG&CD has been providing crucial assistance to the Administration in dealing with varied arising emergencies-floods, earthquakes, management of festivals and other important events.
Noting that the Jammu and Kashmir regions fall in seismic Zones-IV and V, respectively, and are vulnerable to natural disasters particularly earthquakes, Governor re-iterated that there is no substitute to SDRF being assisted by large numbers of well trained volunteers who are equipped with state of the art machines and gadgets to effectively deal with arising exigencies. He appealed to the youth to come forward and volunteer for offering their services for the cause of humanity.
Governor took salute of the marching contingents of the Home Guards, Civil Defence, SDRF, Trained Volunteers, Central Police Brass Band and Armed Police Pipers.
On the occasion, the Fire Fighting Rescue Bikes were launched. These Bikes have been inducted in the Organisation while volunteers demonstrated their preparedness in dealing with emergencies.
At the onset of occasion Dilbagh Singh, Commandant General HG/CD & SDRF presented the welcome address and highlighted the functioning of the Organisation while Rashmi Wazir, Commandant SDRF 2nd Battalion presented the vote of thanks.
Prominent present on the occasion were Kavinder Gupta, Speaker Legislative Assembly; M Y Tarigami, MLA Kulgam; Dr Krishan Lal, MLA Chhamb; Dr SP Vaid, DGP, P L Gupta, Chief Vigilance Commissioner; Maj Gen Nilendra Kumar, ADG NCC, J&K, serving and retired civil and police officers and dignitaries from the civil society were among those present on the occasion.


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