Imphal, Feb 1:
In a celebration marking the fifth salary enhanced day, the Home Guard Manipur displayed their commitment and dedication, underscoring their essential role in maintaining law and order in the region. The occasion, observed since 2020, brings attention to the achievements of the Home Guard personnel, notably the participation of two contingents in the Manipur Republic Day Parade. The women’s contingent stood out, securing the first prize for their exemplary performance.
However, behind the celebratory atmosphere, Y Mangi, representing the Manipur Home Guard Employees’ Welfare Association, in a press conference at Luwangsangbam, highlighted persisting challenges within the department. Of particular concern is the absence of a Commandant General, responsible for recommending names for meritorious awards. Mangi expressed disappointment, noting that deserving individuals have gone unrecognized for the past two to three years, impacting morale among the Home Guard personnel.
Uniform shortages have also come to light, with personnel resorting to privately stitching their own uniforms due to a lack of provision. This extends to contingents participating in significant events, including the Republic Day Parade, revealing a stark reality that further emphasizes the need for improved support and resources within the Home Guard department.
Moreover, the department faces issues with the timely implementation of the seventh pay commission and a lack of ration delivery. The dedicated service of Home Guard personnel, who work tirelessly for 24 hours under battalion commanders, contrasts with the challenges they face in receiving proper uniforms and timely payments.
The situation has reached a critical point, prompting the initiation of contempt proceedings following a court directive. This legal action underscores the urgency and gravity of the issues at hand. The Manipur Home Guard Employees’ Welfare Association calls for immediate attention from the authorities to address the grievances raised by the Home Guard personnel.
As Manipur celebrates the achievements of its Home Guard force, the revelations about uniform shortages, delayed pay, and inadequate resources highlight the need for swift action to uphold the welfare and working conditions of those dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of the region. The authorities are urged to address these challenges promptly and comprehensively to maintain the morale and efficiency of the Home Guard Manipur.