Lucknow: The newly-installed Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh has withdrawn with immediate effect some 450 homeguards deployed in security of various dream projects of former chief minister Mayawati spread over the state capital.
"The homeguards had been deployed at these memorials, statues and parks in addition to the Suraksha Vahini raised specially for the security of these projects by the previous government and they have been withdrawn", Minister for Homeguards and Vocational Education, Brahma Shankar Tripathi told a news agency here.
These homeguards would now be used as per the requirement for other duties, the minister said adding that the homeguards were posted at Mayawati`s dream projects since the past three years.
"They got a force specially raised for the security of memorials but did not relieve homeguards from there", the minister said adding that it was causing unnecessary burden on the exchequer.
The sanctioned strength of homeguards in the state is around 1.17 lakhs and they are used on duties like policing, traffic duty, election duty as per the requirement and are paid an honorarium of Rs 160 per day.
During the previous government, 75 homeguards had been deployed at the official residence of the chief minister, 36 were deployed with the then minister of the department and 50 with his minister of state and some 39 of them at the fifth floor of the secretariat annexe having chief minister`s office, he said.
Tripathi said that serious efforts were on to improve the working conditions and regularise active and young homeguards.
To a question, the minister said that complaints of anomalies in the recruitment during the previous government have been taken seriously and warned that all those responsible for it would be dealt with sternly.