Uttarakhand Minister calls on Union Home Minister

Uttarakhand Minister of Prison and Urban Development Pritam Singh Panwar on Wednesday called on Home Minister Rajnath Singh here and discussed issues of home guards and civil defence volunteers in his state.

New Delhi: Uttarakhand Minister of Prison and Urban Development Pritam Singh Panwar on Wednesday called on Home Minister Rajnath Singh here and discussed issues of home guards and civil defence volunteers in his state.

Panwar requested the Home Minister for extension of civil defence organisations to all the districts from existing four districts in the state.

Singh informed Panwar that the Central government has increased the number of rural districts covered under the Plan Scheme of Mainstreaming Civil Defence in Disaster Risk Reduction from 100 to 240 during August, an official release said.

The Home Minister also requested an increase in the share of home guards in the police from five per cent at present to 10 per cent.

The Home Minister promised to release the share of the Uttarakhand state government for civil defence and home guards at the earliest.

Panwar also discussed the modernisation of police and prisons in the state. He sought central assistance in the field of latest equipment such as CCTV cameras to be installed in the prisons and other places.

The Home Minister assured Panwar that he would look into the request and provide necessary assistance in this regard.

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