Jammu: Commissioner/Secretary to Government Social Welfare Department J&K, Mr. Sanjeev Verma inaugurated two days Disaster Preparedness training for officers and staff of various Advisory Boards, under the administrative control of Social Welfare Department. The training has been organised by J&K State Social Welfare Board in collaboration with ‘Civil Defence’, ‘Doctors for You’ and ‘Bharti Airtel’ at Pragati Bhawan, Rail Head Complex, Jammu. More than 50 participants from Social Welfare Board, Pahari Board, OBC Board, Scheduled Caste Board, Kissan Board, State Women’s Commission and Airtel staff participated in the training. The inaugural function was attended amongst others by Secretary Social Welfare Board Aamir Ali, representatives from Doctors For You, Dr IPS Bali and Dr. Balram Jadhav, Dy. Controller Civil Defence Jammu, Tejinder Kaur, Head CSR, Bharti Airtel Ms Anjali Kachru, Secretary Pahadi Speaking Board Shoukat Hussain Kazmi, Secretary SC Board Sham Lal, Secretary OBC Board Mohammed Tanvir, Secretary Women’s Commission Mehraj Ahmed Rather. Besides Director Tribal Affairs Ali Raza, Mission Director ICDS Dr GN Itoo, Director Social Welfare Deptt Jammu MS Chaudhary, Managing Director WDC, MD SC & ST Corpn YP Suman, Secy. Gujjar & Bakerwal Latief Poswal, Director Finance Abdul Majid, Joint Director Planning, Additional Secretary Babu Ram and MA Hakak and other senior officers also participated.
Speaking on the occasion Commissioner Social Welfare Mr Sanjeev Verma said that disaster preparedness training should be made mandatory for all sections of the society, particularly the staff of Social Welfare, as they are directly dealing with the weaker and vulnerable sections of the society. Verma appreciated the initiative taken by Social Welfare Board for organising the training. He expressed hope that these life saving skills acquired during the training would be utilised by the staff in their day to day affairs, as well as in emergencies. He asked the Officers and employees of Social Welfare department and Boards to work with dedication, zeal and devotion. He directed that the welfare schemes of the department should be given adequate publicity in print and electronic media, so that the benefits of these schemes can be availed by those, who are most deserving. He stressed that Persons with Disabilities, who are most vulnerable in any disaster, should be identified and covered under benefits of welfare schemes to reduce their vulnerability.
Earlier, Executive Director/Secretary, J&K State Social Welfare Board, Aamir Ali welcomed the participants and gave a brief resume about the training sessions. Secretary Pahari Board, Shoukat Hussain Kazmi presented vote of thanks. Later during the technical session Dr IPS Bali and Dr Balram Jadhav from Doctors for You briefed the participants about Basic First Aid. The participants were also trained in Fire Fighting, types of fires, proper use of fire extinguishers. On the next day they will be trained in Search and Rescue training by Civil Defence. Each participant would be provided with certificate of participation, which would be given during the Valedictory function to be held on 5th Feb, for which Inspector General of Police Civil Defence, HG and SDRF Shri JP Singh has consented to be the Chief Guest. A mock drill would also be held on the concluding day.