Heading towards the integration of fire services, the Haryana government has taken yet another step forward to resolve late payment issues in fire stations by delegating the powers of Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) to Fire Officers at district level.

The Urban Local Bodies-cum-Fire Service Department minister Kavita Jain said that the chief minister (CM) Manohar Lal Khattar has accorded approval in this regard.

She said that the move would put an end to the problem of employees in newly established Fire Service Directorate.
Jain said, “Since the formation of the Directorate of Fire Brigade in the state, the government is constantly working to bring fire services under a roof. There are 89 fire officers and employees working in 19 fire stations in municipalities and 555 in 59 fire stations in market committees in the state. So far, the maintenance of fire brigade and vehicles was done by the municipalities and the market committees. Due to the integration of services, the government has to bear the expenses pertaining to employees’ salaries, firearms vehicles and maintenance of fuel.”
In order to strengthen the Directorate, she said that 2779 posts have been created for fire-fighting training centers and various 69 fire stations.

After adjusting the fire officers and employees working in the municipalities and market committees, the requisition has been sent to the Haryana Staff Selection Commission and the Haryana Public Service Commission to fill the remaining vacancies through direct recruitment, she added.

She said that in order to empower fire services, Rs 16.87 Crore and Rs 65.95 Crore have been demanded in the financial year 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively. This will improve resources by bringing fire services under a roof, so that they can be better utilized in case of an accident or a disaster, the minister added.