GUWAHATI: In protest against the Mizoram government’s decision to create the Director General’s post, allegedly in violation of the Mizoram Home Guards Act, 1985, the Mizoram Ex Service League (MESL), organized a huge rally in Aizawl on Tuesday.
The MESL, apart from opposing the creation of the DG’s post, also demanded 10 per cent reservation in Group C posts and 20 per cent in Group D posts, a hike in the monthly stipends of World War II veterans and exemption from payment of property tax under the Aizawl Municipal Corporation for all ex-servicemen.
The MESL rally taken out from the Chandmari Point to the Vanapa Hall in Mizoram was also participated by wives and kin of the ex-servicemen.
The members of the MESL, while protesting in the State’s capital city regretted that the agitation had to be launched due to the negligence of the Mizoram government towards the plight of ex-servicemen.
The agitating MESL members alleged that their leaders had met Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and submitted representations to all the MLAs in connection with their plight, but to no avail.
Notably, the Mizoram Home Guards was started by 10 retired Army personnel in 1964 when Mizoram was still a part of Assam province. Under the Home Guards department in Mizoram, posts of officers and junior commissioned officers are reserved for ex-servicemen.
The department was usually headed by an ex-serviceman and sometimes by an IAS officer in the absence of ex-servicemen officers.