Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 5
Keeping in line with the government’s policy, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has inducted the first batch of over 100 women calamity combatants and rescuers.
Officials in the country’s federal calamity force said an all-women team of freshly trained NDRF personnel was recently deployed for contingency duties on the banks of the Ganga in Uttar Pradesh’s Garh Mukteshwar town.
No longer an all-male bastion
- The move to include women personnel in the NDRF combat ranks was in the works for some time.
- The force, since it was raised over a decade ago, was till now an all-male affair.
According to the officials, these women personnel have all required skills to play the role of rescuers.
It is learnt from the officials that the women personnel are joining in the ranks of constabulary and sub-officer (Sub-Inspector and Inspector) and as per authorisation, each NDRF battalion of over 1,000 personnel will soon have over 100 women rescuers. The NDRF has 12 operational battalions stationed at various locations in the country. “The first women rescuers’ team is already on ground. Recently, the UP government requisitioned an NDRF team and they (women) went there (Garh Mukteshwar). The team handled the rescue boats and related equipment,” NDRF director general SN Pradhan said. “These personnel have all the skills to be called complete rescuers,” he said.
“We can deploy both components of an all-woman NDRF team or a mix squad of male and female personnel for responding to a situation. We prefer the second because if there is complement of women personnel it makes a great difference on the ground where women, children and old persons are being rescued,” Pradhan said. “The skill sets of women are stronger in some aspects… so that can be leveraged especially in situations were women are victims,” he said. — Agencies