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FOR A SAFE CITY: Director-General of Police of Home Guards, Civil Defence and Fire Services Jija Madhavan Harisingh (right) interacting with new wardens at the launch of ‘Kannu Teri Bengaluru’ in Bangalore on Sunday.
FOR A SAFE CITY: Director-General of Police of Home Guards, Civil Defence and Fire Services Jija Madhavan Harisingh (right) interacting with new wardens at the launch of ‘Kannu Teri Bengaluru’ in Bangalore on Sunday.

Staff Reporter

Kannau Teri Bengaluru launched; 122 Area Suraksha Mitras inducted into Division 37

Bangalore: Citizens now have an opportunity to play a vital role in safeguarding neighbourhoods and the city. Kannu Teri Bengaluru, a campaign aimed at empowering citizens to handle contingencies and neighbourhood security, was launched here on Sunday.

The campaign, also called Area Suraksha Mitra, is an initiative of Civil Defence in association with the city police, Janaagraha, a non-profit organisation, which is supported by ICICI PruLife and Hindustran Unilever Ltd.

On Sunday, Jija Madhavan Harisingh, Director-General of Police (Home Guards, Civil Defence, Fire and Emergency Services), inaugurated the campaign with the induction of 122 Area Suraksha Mitras (ASM) into Division 37 (Siddapura/ Audugodi police station limits).

“The Civil Defence is making efforts to revitalise the force within the city. Our aim is to build a trained force through a representation from every area and work towards strengthening police capability to maintain citizen security. Our goal, through the campaign, is to make our homes, streets, neighbourhoods and communities safer and more caring places to live in,” said Ms. Harisingh.

She said that the movement gained strength after the serial bomb blasts in the city in July last. “For the 65 lakh residents in the city, there are only 12,000 police personnel. The campaign is aimed at helping the security agencies to make the city safe,” she added.

General T.M. John (Retd.), Chief Warden, Civil Defence, said that the city has been divided into 50 divisions. He said that the campaign would help build a trained force in every neighbourhood with approximately 5,000 volunteers.

“This will be organised through the Civil Defence structure of warden service. We will have 100 ASMs in each of the Civil Defence wards, 1,105 chief, divisional and post wardens. There will a minimum of 11 volunteers for 300 families or 1,200 residents to protect them in these days of uncertainty,” he said.

Shivalingappa, Commandant, Civil Defence; Ashok Wajra, Deputy Commandant, Civil Defence; Ramesh Chandra, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Jayanagar Sub-Division; Dhavud Khan, Siddapura Police Inspector; Shivashankar Reddy, Audugodi Police Inspector; and Ramesh Ramanathan and Swathi Ramanathan of Janaagraha, were present.

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