Govt. urged to enhance Home Guardsa�� salaries, improve living conditions

Hyderabad:A�Members from both the treasury and opposition benches have urged the government to take immediate steps to improve the living conditions of Home Guards by enhancing their wages and providing other facilities on par with the permanent policeA�constables.

Members made this fervent appeal to the government during Question Hour in the Telangana Assembly on Friday while discussing the pathetic living conditions of Home Guards. TRS member Srinivas Goud expressed his anguish that the working and living conditions of Home Guards remained unchanged despite numerous representations made to successive governments. He said the services of Home Guards were being used to maintain law and order and control traffic during emergency and natural calamities. As a matter of fact, the Home Guards were discharging their duties on par with police constables and still their demand for increasing their wages was not being conceded, Goud said and stressed the need for providing maternity leave for women Home Guards on par with women police constables.

BJP floor leader G. Kishan Reddy stressed the need for enhancing the salaries of Home Guards to Rs 20,000 per month. He pointed out that Home Guards were not being given holiday or even paid wages for working on Sundays. He wanted bus passes and other benefits that are being provided to police constables be given to Home Guards also.

Replying to the members, Home Minister Nayini Narsimha Reddy said the TRS Government was committed to ensure betterA�working and living conditions ofA� Home Guards. In fact, their wages as well as other facilities were better than their counterparts in other States. He reminded that the Home Guards who were paid Rs 100 per day in 2009 are now getting Rs 400 per day now from April 2015. Besides, the government is also giving them uniforms and other benefits similar to those being given to police constables.

The Home Minister further said the kith and kin of any Home Guard killed in a terrorist incident are paid Rs 30 lakh compensation. If a Home Guard is dead while on duty, apart from the prescribed compensation, one member of his family would also be provided with a job. He also assured the members that the government would take all measures to see that the Home Guards are not neglected and would strive to improve their working and living conditions. -NSS

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