SHILLONG, Dec 06: Tura, December 6, 2018: The Meghalaya Minister for Civil Defence and Home Guards, Metbah Lyngdoh graced the 56th Annual Day Celebration of Civil Defence and Home Guards as Chief Guest in the presence of Director General, Civil Defence and Home Guards, Meghalaya, Shillong R P Agarwal, other dignitaries and Officers of the department held at Aglanggre Playground, Tura on 6th December, 2018. The Chief Guest then took the general salute and inspected the parade contingents along with the parade Commander.
Speaking on the occasion, Lyngdoh congratulated the recipients of the Awards for their meritorious services and performance in line with their duty and added that this would also be an inspiration for others to discharge their duties diligently.
Emphasizing on the significant role played by the department in providing assistance during any kind of emergency and also whenever calamities, both natural and manmade take place in the region, he said that the spirit of service is of the highest order.
Further, he stated that the department provides help to the state police and civil administration in maintenance of law and order, in meeting security requirements of many central and state Government departments and private sector undertakings.
The Minister asserted that they also serve the society by imparting training to the Home Guard volunteers and conducting various training courses on Civil Defence subjects including disaster management. Moreover, the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) drawn from the personnel of Civil Defence & Home Guards trained by the NDRF have exclusively been devoted to the task of disaster management and have done a commendable job in conducting rescue operations at Garo Hills during floods and landslides etc, he added.
Director General of Civil Defence and Home Guards, Meghalaya, Shillong R P Agarwal while addressing the gathering congratulated the Awardees for their dedicated and commendable service to the people of the region. He also lauded them for providing assistance during emergencies and also for saving the lives of people in times of disaster. He further informed that many Home Guard personnel have been deployed during the Assembly elections this year and added that the department aims make the Central Training Institute, Shillong as a model institute in the region.
The Chief Guest also presented the Medals and Certificates to the Awardees of President Home Guards and Civil Defence, Director General Disc and Commendation Certificate, New Delhi and Director General Civil Defence and Home Guards Commendation Certificate, Meghalaya.