By: PARUL SOOD
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh: Taking note of the cumbersome traffic problem in the capital city, NCC cadets from schools and colleges of Shimla have been involved in the task of traffic control in association with the local Traffic Police.
This has been done mainly to provide manpower to deal with the problem and giving knowledge about traffic rules to these young citizens of the country. Cadets manning the traffic wear a ‘Traffic Volunteer’ badge and are required to report on duty at 9:00 AM and continue till 6:00 in the evening. Everyday 25 cadets report to duty.
Speaking to Him Vani, Man Singh Thakur, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) said, “the initiative besides being a visionary measure to educate the cadets, is also a step towards the image building of the police. This would help the cadets understand traffic police in a better way.”
Strongly, being conscious about the image of the police department, the DSP added, “And also this will help remove misconceptions and wrong notions prevailing in the society about us.”
He hoped that traffic management would be taught at school level, “so that the youth learn traffic rules and most importantly follow them.
The trained cadets can also be helpful during disaster management. He futher said that the feedback he got from the cadets was very positive. “Most of them seem to be happy with what they had got to learn,” he said.
These cadets will be provided certificates on completion of training and the ones giving excellent services would be awarded on Repuplic Day (26th January) and Independence Day (15th August) celebrations. The activity will be carried all round the year, though students would be exempted during examinations.