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Home Guards threaten agitations

Manipur Home Guard Employees Welfare Association today held a Press Meet at Khuyathong Durga Mandop to highlight their long standing grievances which the state government has so far failed to address. According to the office bearers, despite repeated requests and representations along with Memorandums, the genuine concerns of the 2196 home guard personnel in the state have fallen on deaf ears. Citing the growing problems, both financially and otherwise being faced by the personnel, an office bearer states that the home guard personnel are being utilized in various tasks relating to maintenance of law and order similar to that of a police personnel. Moreover, the Home Guard Organisation was constituted as a para-military reserved force. Under the circumstances, the personnel, through the Association have repeatedly requested the state government to raise their duty allowance equal to that of the minimum pay of the state police personnel as per a Supreme Court ruling on the matter on March 11, 2015. The Association resolved to carry out various forms of protests and agitations if the demand for the raise in allowance and other benefits are not met by the 6th of December 2015 which is also the 52nd Raising Day of the Home Guard Organisation of Manipur.    

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