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Civil safety net for national security set up

by Cyril Wimalasurendre

Steps have been taken by the Defence Ministry to set up 14,913 Civil Defence Committees at Grama Niladhari Divisions level island wide, within the next three weeks. Twenty five District Civil Defence Committees and 322 Civil Defence Committees of the Pradeshiya Secretary Divisions will be formed within one month.

The Defence Ministry has instructed that the formation of the Civil Defence Committees and the Civil Defence Operations Committees be given priority. The ministerial coordinator, IGP, the Commander of the Civil Defence Force, the political leadership and the state officials of the respective areas should be present at all meetings of the committees, the Defence Ministry has said.

The committees at the village level have been directed to meet weekly during the first three months of their formation. Committees at Pradeshiya secretary Division will also hold meetings every week while the district level committees will meet fortnightly during the first three months of their formation. The National Civil Defence Committee is to meet once a month to review the progress of the committees, the Defence Ministry has directed.

 

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