New Fire and Emergency services act implemented in state
By Our Correspondent
Agartala, May 14, 2022
For the overall protection of the state’s people, the state government has implemented the “Fire and Emergency Services Act, 2022”.
Addressing a press conference here at Civil Secretariat on Friday, the secretary of Home (Fire and Emergency Services) department Apurba Roy said that till date, the functioning of the department has continued based on the West Bengal Fire Service Act, 1950, which was implemented in the state since 1972, but the amendment of act were not implemented in the state, which caused tremendous hardship over the functioning of the department.
In order to overcome these difficulties, as per the advice of the Union Home Ministry with a draft amended model of ‘Fire and Emergency Services Bill-2019’, the state has formed the “Fire and Emergency Services Act, 2022”, said Roy.
He said that with implementation of this new rule, the people of the state from their own home can get the Fire no-objection certificate (NOC) through an online system with stipulated time and now people have to visit the Fire Service office.
The system has been developed with a cent percent transparency system and with implementation of this new rule, the insufficient and defective sides of the Fire Service will be resolved.
He said that NOC from the Fire service will be given for both commercial and domestic purposes.
The Director of Fire and Emergency department, A K Bhattacharjee said that the NOC from the Fire Service department till date has given the National Building Code, now, the department will give NOC as per “Fire and Emergency Services Act, 2022” and building rules of the government.
He said that after verification of fire NOC applications, the department will hand over the NOC within 28 days of application. The director added that the new rules have provisions to appoint the frontline workers, civil defense and volunteers for Fire and Emergency services at village level for coordination acts for disaster management.