Jammu, Governor NN Vohra attended the 55th Raising Day of Home Guards and Civil Defence, here today. On his arrival at the Gulshan Parade Ground, he took the salute and inspected the parade.
Emphasising the importance of valuable relief and rescue work being done by the Home Guards and Civil Defence in J&K, the Governor observed that ever since its inception in 1962, the organisation had been providing crucial assistance to the administration in dealing with varied arising emergencies like floods, earthquakes, management of festivals and other important events.
The Governor lauded the role being played by the organisation to assist the police in maintaining law and order, traffic regulation, fire fighting and evacuation of injured persons. He observed that consequent to the establishment of the two Battalions of the State Disaster Response Force, the Home Guards and Civil Defence volunteers had been providing valuable support in the regulation of the Amarnath yatra.
Considering the crucial tasks to be attended by the SDRF in very difficult situations, the Governor stressed the urgent need to enlarge the strength of highly trained volunteers and urged the state government to raise more SDRF battalions for deployment in the Jammu, Srinagar and Ladakh regions.
Noting that the Jammu and Kashmir regions fall in seismic zones-IV and V, respectively, and are vulnerable to natural disasters, particularly earthquakes, the Governor reiterated that there was no substitute to the SDRF being assisted by a large numbers of well-trained volunteers who were 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.
The Governor congratulated Dilbagh Singh, Commandant General, on the Raising Day of the Home Guard and Civil Defence Organisation and urged the administration to enlarge and strengthen this important force.
The 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 also launched. These bikes have been inducted in the organisation to enable it to promptly reach the affected areas and render timely help.
Dilbagh Singh, Commandant General, HG/CD and SDRF, presented the welcome address and highlighted the functioning of the organisation. Rashmi Wazir, Commandant, SDRF, 2nd Battalion, gave the vote of thanks.