HGs at the mercy of unrelenting bosses!
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Dec 3: Home guards in Assam are literally left at the mercy of their unrelenting bosses at Dispur when they earn hardly Rs 7,050 and Rs 7500 per month. Only 17,532 of the 26,662 trained home guards in the State have been employed in various departments – police stations and public sector industries.
Theirs is not at uninterrupted income flow as they do not get jobs round the year. Many of them are called occasiolly for six months or so, and they have to remain jobless rest of the year. For them, running their family is a daunting task. This is against better facilities provided to their counterparts in other States like Goa (Rs 22,000), Harya (Rs 17,100), Punjab (Rs 31,100), MP (Rs 19,000), HP (Rs 17,160), Chhattisgarh (Rs 22,000), Delhi (Rs 19,000) and West Bengal (Rs 12,000). They continue to make their pleas known to Dispur and Delhi for years and on, yet those at the helm of affairs continue to look the other way in so far as their plight is concerned.
All Assam Trained Home Guard Association president Anta Das, talking to newsmen here, said: “On September 4 we had a discussion with Dispur on our demands. Home department officials did assure us of solving at least some of our problems. However, nothing of those assurances has been translated into reality. If our demands aren’t solved by Home Guard Foundation Day slated for December 6, we’re sure to resort to an agitation from January 1 next. This apart, we’re also going to stay away from attending duty in the coming panchayat and Lok Sabha polls in the State.”