Grand function held at GHS Panthachowk by children

Srinagar, May 04  (Scoop News) –Valdcitory fucntion of five days disaster preparedness training programme organised by Civil Defence and Divisional Disaster Management Authority culminated on Friday at Government High School Panthachowk,Srinagar, which was attended by a huge gathering, including number of high level dignitaries, school children and senior citizens. The Chief Guest  on the ocassion was Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon.

The grand function was held in which the school children presented skits and various programmes in a bid to create awareness amongst the common masses and to share the necessary tit bits and do’s and don’ts that they had learnt during the five days training course about how to face the challenges’ in the event of natural or human induced calamites.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir while appreciating the organisers for holding such necessary programmes to disseminate information about safeguarding the infrastructure and the protection of precious lives, said that State Government has already formulated a comprehensive State Disaster Management Policy and in this connection a proposal has been mooted for establishing a State Disaster Management Institute at Bemina on the pattern of Uttarkhand State where there is a separate Ministry of Disaster Management to face any natural or manmade disaster. He said that we are living in Seismic Zone V and we should be mentally ready to face disasters. He highlighted that the role in conducting such training programmes is to prepare student community and even common people for quick response to meet any eventuality. He added that once the children will be self confident, they will be ready to help the community to overcome any problem. He said that two Battalions of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been established, each one at Jammu and Kashmir under Addl DGP, Civil Defence, Home Guards and SDRF and is totally meant for this job. He said the biggest challenge is to sensitize 8 lakh school children of the Government and private schools so that once they are trained, the information will percolate to other people. He also that Panchs and Sarpanchs would be given training about the safety measures during any kind of disaster.

District Development Commissioner and Chairman, District Disaster Management Authority, Srinagar said that the main objective of this training programme is to prepare a workforce by imparting training to the school children throughout the valley to make them able to meet any challenge in case of fire fighting and methods to save precious lives during floods or earthquake incidents. He said that such training programmes would also be conducted in other schools.

While addressing the gathering Director Information, Khawaja Farooq Renzushah said that there is need for conducting such programmes in order to give a chance to our budding youth to exhibit their talent and added the Divisional Commissioner is taking very keen interest in these programmes. He said as Director of Information and Chief Commissioner of J&K Scouts and Guides, he remains in touch with such programme and is very enthusiastic to be a part of such programmes. He said by imparting necessary training to the children especially the school children the problems caused by any kind of disasters can be reduced. He said that there is need to ensure that our budding youth become constructive rather than destructive so that they may benefit thought out the world. He said the Civil Defence is giving a yeoman’s service.

On the Occasion DIG,Civil Defence and Home Guards Mubarak Ahmed Ganai said that there is need to train the youth and especially the students, so that we can be prepared to face any challenge. He prayed that Almightly should keep eveyone especially our children safe.

It may be mentioned that children from very poor socio-economic background study in this school, as most of the parents of these children are either labourers or mecanics. Divisional Commissioner Kashmir announced Rs.10,000 out of Regional Red Cross funds in favour of the School for providing free education, uniforms etc. to the poor and needy children, Rs 10,000 was announced by Executive Director J&K Bank Mr Tafazul Hussain. Rs 5,000 by Mr A.M.Mir Executive Director J&K Voluntary Health Association for the efforts made by the school in declaring the school and area tobacco free, Rs 5,000 were announced by Regional Director, Pollution Control Board, A.M.Dar for the measures taken by the school for improving the environment and making the school polythene free. An announcement was made on behalf of one of the participants who preferred to remain annonymous that he would sponsor the education of three poor children from the school and would ensure their placement as well.

SSP Srinagar Ashiq Hussain Bukhari, Jt. Director, Fire and Emergency, R.T.Dubey, NA Khan, State Chief Commissioner Bharat Scouts and Guides, Secretary, Red Cross, Ab. Jabbar Chakat, Executive Director, J&K Bank, Director Change Group, Deputy Director Youth Affairs, JJ Fisher from MSF, Tetus Gal, Marcos, Joint Director Edcuation, CEO Srinagar, Rafiq Ahmed Deputy Controller. Mauzam Bakshi and Aamir Ali Deputy Chief Wardens, Syed Akhter Headmaster and Sabiya Drabu frmer Headmaster were also present. Fayaz Ahmed Fayaz moderated the programme. Shabir Ahmed from Space Communications announced that keeping in view the talent of the children they would be given a chance during the next childrens festival called Lokchaar. Change group anounced that on 5th June a Change Environment summit is being organised at SKICC and these talented children would be made part and parcel of the programme. Mementos and certificates were distributed amongst the participants by the dignitaries.