In the wake of monsoon setting in Tamil Nadu, state Revenue Minister RB Udayakumar on Saturday commissioned the state disaster response guards’ unit at a cost of Rs 1.8 crore.
Social welfare groups, NGOs and members from Indian Red Cross and Sathya Sai Seva Trust will be roped into the DRG units and they will be wearing uniforms provided by the State Disaster Management Authority, the Minister said.
Further youngsters and volunteers will also be added to the various clusters formed by the State Disaster Management authority.
All the DRG units will work under the guidance of district collectors and will be trained by the National Disaster Response Force and State Fire Service Department, commissioner of revenue administration K Sathyagopal told DT Next.
The DRG units will play a crucial role in relief operations and basic training like coordinating with state departments will be imparted to these units. Further, they will also coordinate with the first responders and interlinked with the inter-zonal government department teams, Sathyagopal said.
At present, first responders are identified in all low-lying areas and coastal districts. Most of our first responders are from fishermen community who had earlier did commendable service during the Chennai floods, Sathyagopal added.
Revenue secretary Atulya Mishra and commissioner for disaster management Rajendra Ratnoo participated in the inaugural event.