Scientology Volunteer Ministers to start training officials

June 17, 2008 at 1:58 am (L. Ron Hubbard, Religion, Scientology, Scientology Handbook, Volunteer Ministers) (, , , )

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The Civil Defence department of the state government today signed an agreement with the Metro Railway with a view to start a training programme on disaster management for Metro Railway and Civil Defence department officials. The one-month programme is starting on July 1.

Altogether 20 officials, 18 from the civil defence department and two from the Metro Railway will be imparted training by Scientology Volunteers (SV), an organisation based in London that has been roped in by the state government to train Metro and Civil defence officials in disaster management in Metro Railway.

The state government has already signed an agreement with SV, who took an active role in the rescue operations during the London Tube bombing last year.

‘‘The training will first be conferred at public places like markets or cinema halls because understanding crowd behaviour is a part of the programme,’’ Srikumar Mukherjee, minister of state, civil defence, today said. SV is going to send its teams time to time for the training, Mukherjee further added.

The training will be later imparted inside Metro stations.

Later, Metro Railway will train 10 officers of the Civil Defence department in rescue operations inside Metro tunnels.

The minister also said that his department will train 68 volunteers who will be deployed at all the 17 Metro stations to help people in case any disaster strikes. ‘‘There will be four volunteers, each at the 17 stations. They will be chosen from the general public, from youth clubs, NGOs, even political parties. They will not only help people in case of a disaster but during normal times too. If a passenger faces any problem except something related to law and order, the volunteers will come forward to help the one in need,” the minister said.

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