Member of Parliament Mrs. Pratibha Singh requested the Centre Government to sanction additional India Reserve Battalion (IRB) for the state, taking into account the recently occured natural calamities in the state.
Mrs. Singh met Union Minister of state for Home Affairs Mr. R.P.N. Singh, and requested him to provide necessary support to the state government.
She demanded for setting up of Disaster Response Force units in Shimla, Kangra, Mandi, Chamba, Lahaul and Spiti and Sirmaur districts of the state, to strengthen the state government in capacity building and provide holistic, co-ordinated and prompt response to all disaster emergencies, keeping in view the geographical location of the state.
She also demanded the financial assistance for raising one battalion of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for immediate responding to devastation which is caused by natural calamities and other crisis and offered land and other necessary administrative support for setting up NDRF unit in the state.
Mrs. Singh told that the state falls in seismic zone five and is highly disaster prone. Adding that natural calamities like cloud burst, flash floods, landslides, forest fires, avalanches are common throughout the state.
She requested the Union Minister to provide latest equipments, machinery and training to Himachal police to meet these challenges, as police is the key agency to perform disaster management duties. She requested the Home Ministry to provide training to state police personals in different types of rescue techniques, climbing on rock surfaces, tying various types of knots and hitches in different situation, flood relief and rescue management and also requested for providing latest mountaineering tools, equipments, accessories training facilities of mountain search and rescue at Mountaineering Institute Manali.
Mrs. Singh also appeals for technical, financial and logistic assistance to promote alternative crops in Mid-Himalayan terrains of the state to wean away the farmers from cannabis and opium cultivation. She demanded to provide modern equipments and training to state police to address the problem of drug trafficking in the state and requested for providing unmanned aerial vehicles to conduct aerial surveillance of the high mountain areas where cannabis and opium cultivation is done to permanently address the drug trafficking problem in the state.