Kolkata: The Nationwide Catastrophe Response Drive (NDRF) would induct ladies personnel in its new battalions throughout the subsequent one yr, a prime official stated.
The Union authorities had in 2018 made a proposal to connect ladies contingents to NDRF battalions within the nation.
“Earlier, we didn’t have the barracks and other amenities for women personnel… But, we are now in a position to accommodate them and have already started the process of calling for women operators,” Director Basic of NDRF, S N Pradhan, advised PTI.
Pradhan was lately in West Bengal to inaugurate the 2nd Battalion of the NDRF HQ campus at Haringhata, about 55 km from right here.
“We have have made a specific request to the government that a certain number of women personnel must be sent for our four new battalions… This should happen within a year’s time,” he added.
The NDRF may have 4 new battalions along with the 12, and they are going to be based mostly in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the Nationwide Capital Area.
The brand new battalions — every having round 1,150 personnel — will likely be drawn from the Assam Rifles, the Indo- Tibetan Border Police and the Border Safety Drive, a authorities order had stated final yr.
Pradhan added that the brand new 64-acre campus at Haringhata is part of NDRF’s efforts to deal with on a “mission mode” sure “weak links” when it comes to infrastructure-related work.
“Operationally, we are very sound. But, infrastructure base is a weak link; battalions were getting created but not completed, there were issues with getting handover of buildings for regional response centres after acquiring the land for them… We are trying to address these on mission mode,” he stated.
The NDRF is a specialised pressure that was raised in 2006 for particular duties of aid and rescue throughout pure and man-made disasters or threatening conditions.