J&K govt to train rural heads in disaster planning

Jammu and Kashmir government will train the 34,000 sarpanchs and panchs in the state in civil defence and disaster preparedness.

Last Updated: May 27, 2011, 16:14 PM IST

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government
will train the 34,000 sarpanchs and panchs in the state in civil defence and disaster preparedness.

The decision to train the elected representatives at
the grass roots level in disaster management was taken at a
meeting between Additional DGP Civil Defence, Home Guards and
Auxillary Police Ram Lubhaya and Divisional Commissioner,
Kashmir, Asgar Hassan Samoon.

"It was decided to organise disaster preparedness
training for 4,131 Sarpanches of the State which include 2,164
from Kashmir. Later, all the 29,919 Panches of the State would
also be trained," an official spokesman said after the meeting
here yesterday.

Panchayat elections are presently underway in the
state and the process will conclude in the first week of next
month.
The Divisional Commissioner announced that land would
be identified in all multi-hazard districts for establishment
of civil defence stores and offices.

Instructions were issued to all Deputy Commissioners
to organise awareness programmes for the general public in
collaboration with Civil Defence, he said.

Lubhaya said the valley has only nine Civil Defence
towns but instructions have been issued for establishing Civil
Defence in all important villages of the State.

The two officials also discussed the possibility of
extending school safety programme, which was started from
Government High School Pantahchowk recently, to all the
schools.
It was also decided that Civil Defence would organise
a two-day seminar on disaster management, which would be
attended by all the stake holders from Government and Non
Government organisations.

PTI