Maha Home Minister Patil promises better facilities for home guards
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 22:40
Mumbai: Admitting that the Home Guards and Civil Defence unit has been neglected so far, Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil on Wednesday said the government has initiated steps to strengthen the force in terms of manpower and equipment.

Home Guards and Civil Defence force, which is tasked as an auxiliary to the police, today celebrated its 63rd anniversary at its headquarters in south Mumbai.

"In the backdrop of terror attacks in Mumbai and threats lingering over the state, the existing 43,000 strength needs to be increased in near future. The force will also be provided additional equipment so that it can effectively deal with any adverse situation," Patil said on the occasion.

"Civil Defence men would also be given Rs 150 per day, the amount being paid to Home guards," he said. Presently, civil defence volunteers are paid Rs 75 per day.

The government has sanctioned Rs 11 crore funds to clear the pending remuneration of Home guards, he said.

During the occasion, Home guards and civil defence men exhibited rescue operations to be carried out by them in case of natural calamities, fire incidents and terror attacks.

Soon after the ceremony, a number of Home Guards and Civil Defence volunteers alleged the government was paying no heed to their problems.

"It is more than seven months we are awaiting our remuneration. Promises are made every year but it is not reflecting anywhere," said Y N Patil, a Home Guard.


First Published: Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 22:40

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