The man who led the elite National Security Guard's Operation Black Tornado during 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai five years ago, Jyoti Krishan Dutt, will now give lessons to officers and villagers on mitigating disasters in Himachal Pradesh.
Dutt, former director general of the National Security Guards, emphasised on enhancing the training programmes for disaster management.
“The governments usually impart training in disaster management to its own agencies or it's the military and paramilitary forces that are called for rescue during exigencies. In reality, whenever there is exigency, the locals are always the first respondents,” Dutt said.
Dutt is now principal advisor in Global Rescue, the company that provides rescue services in the case of exigencies.
“With the latest development there is a need to upgrade the skills and equipment. So is the need to impart training in disaster management,” he said, adding that training in disaster management would not only increase the resource persons, but would also provide job opportunities to locals.
“Training in disaster management will also help in giving fillip to adventures sports in the hill state,” he said.
Global Rescue is vying to tie up with the Himachal Pradesh government to impart training and courses in disaster management in the state.
Currently, the training in disaster management is being provided by many institutes and agencies, including Himachal Institute of Public Administration (HIPA), Home Guards, Mountaineering Institute and Police and Revenue Training Institute, Jogindernagar.
The Himachal Pradesh state disaster management authority held a meeting with representatives of the company. Officials from Revenue Training Institute and the police also attended the meeting.
“Global Rescue offers a bouquet of rescue services. Its representatives apprised us about courses being offered by them to mitigate disasters,” said special secretary, revenue and disaster management cell.
Global Rescue is keen to set up the centre of excellence in disaster management at Kathgarh in Kangra district. It has also already bought 60 acres there. “The centre once set up will be able to cover up exigencies in entire northern India,” says CEO of Global Rescue Rohan Oberoi.
Reminiscing terror attack
Reminiscing the terror attacks in Mumbai, Dutt said when black cat commandoes persuaded the terrorists to surrender, they hurled a string of abuses at them. “I think that it was the first of its kind terrorist attacks in the world, where terrorists had held hostages inside the hotel,” he said, adding that personally he was against the live television coverage of such operations.