Vijayawada

NDRF battalions to have women contingents: DG

The Union government has proposed to attach one woman contingent to each battalion of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), according to its Director-General Sanjay Kumar. The force will help the female victims during disasters and calamities, he said.

Mr. Sanjay Kumar, who inspected the 10th Battalion headquarters on ANU campus, organised a ‘Sainik Sammelan’ on Wednesday.

Battalion Commandant Zahid Khan, second-in-commandants Love Kumar, Kuldip Singh and Santosh Kumar, Deputy Commandant Madhusudhan Reddy and others accompanied the DG.

Speaking to the newsmen later, he said all the 12 NDRF battalions in the country would have a woman contingent comprising 30 to 40 women personnel.

Four more battalions

In addition to the 12 battalions, the government has sanctioned four new battalions, which would be located at National Capital Region at Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

The NDRF Academy is coming up at Nagpur, which will be merged with the National Civil Defence College. “We are trying to modernise the force to international standards,” Mr. Sanjay Kumar said.

The Centre has created reserve fund to distribute emergency material to victims during disasters, and the job has been entrusted to the NDRF. The force will distribute medicines, blankets, drinking water, food and other essential material to the victims.

Training students

Besides community awareness programmes, the NDRF has taken up school safety programmes for students to train them on rescue operations during natural calamities and disasters.

The force is also focussing on rescuing livestock during the calamities as majority of the population depended on agriculture in rural areas in India, he said.

“Due to improved early weather warning systems, the NDRF is coordinating with the State governments concerned and pre-positioning the teams to prevent loss to lives and property,” the DG explained.

The new buildings for the NDRF 10th Battalion would be completed in a year at Kondapavuluru village, Gannavaram mandal, in Krishna district, Mr. Sanjay Kumar added.

Earlier, he inspected the facilities at the battalion.

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