ANDHRA PRADESH

SP hints at formation of natural calamities team

Staff Reporter

KHAMMAM: Superintendent of Police Mahesh M. Bhagwat said here on Saturday that a natural calamities team would be formed for rescue and relief operations in times of flood and cycles in the district. Flagging off a rally that marked the 45th Raising Day celebrations here, he lauded the services rendered by home guards for the welfare of society. He said members inducted into the natural calamities team would be given special training at Nagpur in Maharastra. The home guards, who demonstrated exemplary skills during Godavari floods, would be considered for recruitment to the natural calamities team. He said that over 1,000 home guards were engaged in different duties in the district.

Hike likely

He said a proposal was under consideration of the government for enhancing the wages of home guards to Rs. 4,500. Some 40 home guards were recruited as constables in the district so far. There could be a similar recruitment drive in the State very soon, and the home guards with eligibility should gear up for the occasion by taking care of their physical fitness and mental ability.

The Superintendent of Police stressed the need for creating better awareness among the people about the role being played by home guards in society. He said the department had been giving employment opportunity for at least one member from the families of home guards who died in service. Five such appointments were made so far and a few more such applications were pending.