WB beefs up security for festive season

Kolkata, Sept 20 : West Bengal minister for fire and emergency services and disaster management Javed Ahmed Khan on Thursday said that the government has beefed up security for the protection of the citizens during the upcoming festivities in the state.

Speaking to the media at a safety symposium, organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here on Thursday, Khan assured the citizens of Bengal with the government's continuous efforts to boost safety and security measures that are being planned to be undertaken during the approaching festive season.

Khan said, "We are planning to make this Durga Puja festival the safest till date. I can assure you our govt. is revamping all the safety procedures this year."

He however kept all his cards close to his chest with regard to the information of the supposed safety procedures the govt is planning to experiment on ground.

The minister addressing at the symposium, 'Strategic Importance of Safety in Sustainability of the Organisation', demanded people's support to augment security from fire and all emergency hazards while working in the industry.

He said, "People are not trained enough to take care of themselves during accidents because they don't know what to do."

Khan said, "The govt is earmarking such buildings and markets which are prone to fall prey to the fire and other calamities. There are around 60,000 industries in Bengal. Identifying such industries can't be done in one single day."

Khan also informed that 30 new stations for fire safety and risk management are set to be opened within January next year and 100 more to be opened within 2016.

"West Bengal has invested Rs 150 crore this year to upgrade the safety infrastructure and training of the industry personnel. We are planning to impart training to all the stakeholders," he said.

The minister added, "Besides a new course is being launched for the first time in India on maintaining high safety and security for the new office attendees by the govt on Sept 23 so that after the completion of the course they can ensure a job for themselves."

Khan also unveiled the report on 'Workplace Fire Risk Management and Emergency Preparedness Plan' in association with CII.

The occasion also marked the signing of Memorendum of Understanding (MoU) pact between CII and IIT Kharagpur for joint certification course on 'Workplace Stress Management'.

--IBNS (Posted on 21-09-2013)

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