Imphal, June 11: Total number of sanctioned post for the Village Defence Force popularly called VDF by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs is only 1500 for the state of Manipur. The remuneration for one VDF per month approved by the MHA is only 1500 per month. Interestingly, total number of VDF in the state recruited by the state Home Department is 10500 and the monthly remuneration for each VDF is Rs. 5000/- per month plus ration money of Rs. 1,000/-, which means the state government is spending a sum of rupees 6,000/- per VDF personnel per month.
A highly reliable source said that the Union Ministry of Home affairs reimbursed a sum of Rs. 22,50,000/- every month as remuneration for the VDF to the state Home department, which means the state government is bearing a total of Rs. 6,07,5000/- every month for payment of monthly remuneration plus ration money from the state ex chequer.
The source further added the Union Ministry of Home Affairs is yet to release the reimbursement for 6 months of the 1500 approved post. A proposal for reimbursement of the approved remuneration for 6 months that is from the month of October, 2015 till March 2016 has been sent only in this month after the Ministry of Home Affairs had not released the approved amount.
Sanctioned Post of VDF by MHA is only 1500 ,why absorbed more?
Imphal, June 11: In a sting operation conducted by the Imphal Times reporters in May last year this paper had highlighted how the VDF turned as a gold mine for some of the police personnel supervising them. On further study by Imphal Times it is now found that spending the huge amount of money on VDF is also another political strategy for the ruling government.
In Thoubal district alone, it has been learnt that a total of 2480 VDF personnel are being deployed at 74 separate locations of the district. Of these, 79 VDF personnel are deployed at Athokpam Makha Post, 50 at Babu Bazaar Post, 50 at Chingkham Post, 50 at CDO Thoubal (post runner), 50 at Thoubal Congress office, 50 at Wabagai Congress Post, 298 at 6 posts in Heirok, 81 at Khongjom IB and 81 at Waithou post.
Most of these VDF are from Thoubal, Heirok and Khangabok Assembly constituencies.
During the sting operation conducted last year and published in this paper May 16, 2015 issue under the heading “VDF now turns as a gold mine for police personnel supervising them”, Imphal Times had reported on how some of the VDF had been enjoying half pay without even attending the office or joining duty. It is logical that some officers in the police department who were controlling the VDF too are happy on the advantage taken by those people.