March 25, 2009 2:17:48 am
The Rashtriya Life Saving Society (RLSS),the city-based NGO,will give professional training to youngsters from Jharkhand which will fetch them jobs as lifeguards. With a motive to promote tourism,the Department of Tourism,Jharkhand has undertaken a project to train men and women to serve as lifeguards at various locations across the state.
Admiral P D Sharma,president,RLSS said,As tourism grows and competition in rising,safety becomes as crucial factor. Considering that of the total number of deaths due to drowning in the world,over 95 per cent occur in developing countries. Tourists prefer to visit those spots that are scenic as well as safe.
In the seven-day training that began on March 20 in Ranchi,over 30 volunteers from remote villages of Jharkhand are being trained to become professional lifeguards. Sharma said,Water casualties can be classified on the basis of four factors non-swimmers,swimmers,injured swimmers and unconscious swimmers. Even after saving those drowning,lifeguards also need to be updated with life-saving techniques such as dealing with bleeding,insect bites,unconsciousness and so on. These volunteers will be trained to be world-class lifeguards and will be issued certificates on completing the training.
Talking about the initiative,Arun Kumar Singh,secretary,Jharkhand Tourism Department said,Jharkhand has nearly 20 large water bodies,which include lakes,water falls and dams,that have been primarily attracting domestic tourists. Last year alone,we had nearly 5,000 international tourists visiting Jharkhand. Now,to promote international tourism,we have to ensure that the basic safety norms are adhered to. Another batch of 30 volunteers will be trained next month. Employment generation is also an important aspect of this training.
This is also a part of the Adventure Tourism Institute that the department had established recently. We have a budget of Rs 150 crore for the financial year 2009-10 and are expecting a further investment of Rs 1,500 crore from the private sector. This is the first step towards attracting international as well as domestic tourists to Jharkhand who will be introduced later to rural tourism in the state, said Singh.
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