Mangaluru, Aug 24, 2016 : Home Guards and Civil Defence ADGP N Shivakumar has said that Civil Defence Force units will be set up in Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada districts within the next five to six months as per the orders of the Union Home Ministry.
Speaking to reporters after participating in a meeting of Home Guards office bearers at the District Home Guards Office at Maryhill here on August 23, Tuesday, he said the units will be set up in the two districts which are considered venerable to natural calamities. The Civil Defence Force volunteers are also trained to fight for the nation in war situations, he said and informed that the first Civil Defence Force was established in 1962 during the Indo-Pak war.
The highest number of Civil Defence Force units are in Kashmir while the unit in Bengaluru has 120 members, Shivakumar said.
He further informed that the number of Home Guards which was 25000 in Karnataka, has been increased to 30,000. Even the honorarium provided to Home Guards has been increased from Rs 250 to Rs 325 in the state while in Bengaluru it has been increased from Rs 325 to Rs 400, the Home Guards ADGP stated.
The 14 units of Home Guards in DK has 693 members of whom 269 are serving different departments on a daily basis, he informed.
He said the government has also agreed to pay a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of Home Guards who die while on duty while those suffering from permanent disability will get Rs 3 lakhs.
Dr Murali Mohan Chantharu, Dakshina Kannada District Home Guards Commandant, Dr Prashanth, Home Guards Commandant of Udupi were also present.