Civil defence volunteers to be used for disaster management

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New Delhi, Apr 29 (UNI) The Government has decided to involve Civil Defence volunteers in Disaster Management in addition to their traditional roles and issued necessary instructions in this regard.

Minister of State for Home Radhika V Selvi said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today that the State Govrnments/UT-Administrations have asked that the services of Civil Defence Volunteers can be utilised by the State Government in tackling the disaster crises also.

A Committee under Member, National Disaster Management Authority was set up to suggest measures to involve Civil Defence in Disaster Management. The Report of the Committee was shared with the State Governments, who have agreed with the key recommendation of involving Civil Defence volunteers in Disaster Management.

Based on the recommendations of the K M Singh Committee Report, a scheme for involving Civil Defence volunteers has been drawn up for implementation during the Eleventh Plan commencing implementation from 2008-09.

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