Home Minister Rajnath Singh proposes revamp of Civil Defence

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday called for revamping of the Civil Defence organisation for making it more effective.

Addressing the raising day function of the Civil Defence and Home Guards in New Delhi, Rajnath Singh said with changing times there was a need to examine how to make optimum use of the organisation.

“The recommendations made by the Group of Ministers after the Kargil War and other Committees could be looked into for the proposed revamping to improve the Civil Defence organisation,” he said.

He further said that there is no doubt about the utility of the organisation as it has served the nation on numerous occasions in times of natural and man-made disasters.

“With changing times, there is a need to provide the leadership role at warden level by giving opportunities to young blood in the organisation,” Singh said,

He further added that the Civil Defence should perform a proactive role in addition to the reactive role.

Measures like appointment of committed wardens, establishment of dedicated training institutions and making them financially sound can be examined, he said.

Rajnath Singh asked officials of home ministry, state police, the national disaster response force (NDRF) and civil defence and home guards to examine the role and responsibilities of volunteers of civil defence and home guards for their optimum utilisation.

“Civil defence can play a more active role at local level in community capacity building, disaster management and raising public awareness,” Singh added.