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HOME GUARDS AND CIVIL DEFENCE CAN PLAY IMPORTANT ROLE IN CREATING AWARENESS OF ROAD SAFETY SAYS DGP. Panaji, December 6, 2018Agrahayana 15, 1940Home guard and Civil Defence can play an important role in creating awareness of not only Road Safety but also all kind of safety to entire society at large said Dr. Muktesh Chander, IPS, Director General of Police. He was speaking as the chief guest at the Annual Raising day function of Home guards and Civil Defence organisation held at Police Head Quarters,Panjim today.Dr Chander congratulated Home Guard and civil Defence for their excellent work and said that Home guard is a voluntary organisation and contribution of Home guard can be witness everywhere in Goa more specifically in traffic management .As modern day challenges are increasing, there is need to provide adequate training to Home guard and civil defence volunteers to deal with various kind of new type of disasters which may occur.Dr. Chander further said that in order to maintain communal harmony civil defence has always been playing an important role .Dr Chander also appealed to home guard volunteers to participate in Traffic Sentinel Scheme and also follow traffic rules.Addressing the gathering, Shri Dinraj Govekar, Deputy Commandant General of Home guards and Civil Defence briefed about the history and role played by home guards and civil defence  .He informed that Home guard and civil deference organization has been providing valuable assistant to the local police in maintenance of law and order, traffic regulation, VIP security duties. Every year home guards are specially deployed to assist police during Christmas and New Year in order to maintain law and order and to prevent any terror attack in the state and they are doing a commendable job he added. Shri Govekar also congratulated Smt Radhika Rajan Halarnkar, Honorary Sergeant (HG) and Shri Uday Nagappa Kuri, Civil Defence Volunteer who has been awarded President\'s Home Guards & Civil Defence Medal for their meritorious service on the occasion of Independence Day 2018.Also present on the occasion were Shri Jaspal Singh, IPS, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Shri Parmaditya, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG). Shri. Shekhar Prabhudesai, SP Head Quarter among the others. DY.S.P and Junior Staff Officer Civil Defence and District Commandant Home Guard Shri Lawrence D’Souza welcomed the gathering; Honorary Company Home Guards Shri John Aguiar compered the program while Dr. Paresh Lawande proposed the vote of thanks.DI/NB/GPP/JA/AF/2018/1073