New Delhi, Aug 21: The Home Ministry will take the initiative to introduce civil defence as a subject in school textbooks and curriculum to inculcate knowledge of this important life-saving skill in young minds.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said, he would write to the Human Resource Development ministry to include the civil defence course in the curriculum.
"It is important that children have the required set of skills in this area," Singh said as he formally sanctioned a new Rs 290.89 crore scheme for civil defence works.
The Minister, while speaking at an event of the central government's Civil Defence, Home Guards and Fire Services department said, he would also take it up with the Finance Ministry to increase the funds for these units setup at all levels including in the states.
The scheme, unveiled by Singh, is called 'Mainstreaming Civil Defence in Disaster Risk Reduction' and it will be implemented in 32 states and Union Territories during the 12th Five Year plan.