I am very happy to welcome you to the website of the Directorate General of Home Guards & Civil Defence, Delhi.
Home Guards, which is a voluntary citizens Organisation for local defence, was raised in the United Kingdom during World War-II. In India, Home Guards were raised in Bombay in December, 1946 to assist the Police in controlling civil disturbances and communal riots.
| Sh. S.K Kain
Subsequently, this concept of a voluntary citizens
force as auxiliary to the Police for maintenance of law and
order and for meeting emergencies like floods, fires, famines
etc. was adopted by several other States. During Chinese aggression
in 1962, the Centre advised the States and Union Territories
to merge their existing voluntary organisations into one all-India
force known as ”HOME GUARDS” which would be voluntary
both in concept and character.
Till 1962, the policy of the Government of India
was confined to making the States & Union Territories conscious
of the need for Civil Defence measures and to ask them to keep
ready Civil Defence Paper Plans for major cities and towns. The
Chinese aggression in November, 1962 and Indo-Pak conflict in
1965 led to considerable re-thinking about the policy and scope
of Civil Defence. The Civil Defence in its present form was evolved
at that time. During Pakistani aggression in 1971, the Civil Defence
organisation performed yeomen service. Since then, there has been
a constant effort to expand its services and improve the same
keeping in mind the emerging threat perceptions.
Our motto is “NISHKAM SEWA”
i.e. “Selfless Service”. We need the cooperation
of each and every citizen of Delhi to make our organisation strong
and vibrant enough to serve the Society during peacetime and during
emergencies & natural calamities. I am sure anyone joining
us would have the satisfaction that he has contributed his bit
to the service of humanity.