BY TC News Desk
Agartala, 6th December 2023 : Chief Minister Prof. Dr. Manik Saha emphasized the importance of active cooperation from Civil Defense Volunteers and announced that the State Government has decided in principle to utilize trained volunteers for disaster management in both normal and emergency situations.
Dr. Saha participated in the observance of the 61st All India Civil Defence & Home Guards Raising Day at Manoranjan Debbarma Smriti Stadium, A.D. Nagar today.
“Civil Defense and Home Guard volunteers, driven by humanitarianism, are selflessly working in the state to address any disaster. In recognition of their dedication, Civil Defense and Home Guard Day is celebrated annually on December 6 across the country. While civil defense gained legal status in India in 1968, it was officially recognized in Tripura in 1971 during the India-Pakistan war related to the liberation war of Bangladesh. As of 2021, civil defense activities were limited to the city of Agartala. Disaster management was incorporated into the Civil Defense Act in 2009, and subsequent amendments were made,” said Dr. Saha.
Dr. Saha highlighted that the Department of Fire and Emergency Services is actively involved in the Civil Defense Training Programme. According to the state government’s decision, the number of civil defense volunteers in the state is expected to reach 1 percent of the total population soon. The government aims to ensure the active cooperation of Civil Defense Volunteers by using them for disaster management in both normal and emergency situations.
During the event, Director General of Police Amitabha Ranjan was also present.