With a view to offer financial security to Home Guards, a volunteer force that assists the police on numerous occasions, road safety insurance policies were given to them.
As many as 350 Coimbatore City Home Guards received the policy documents on Saturday.
According to T.K. Dhanashekar, Home Guards Area Commander, Coimbatore city, the policy would cover the treatment costs for injuries suffered by Home Guards and provide compensation also.
The Rotary Coimbatore Central will bear half of the annual policy premium of Rs. 240 with the policy holder contributing the rest. The policies are being provided by United India Insurance.
This was the first time such assistance was being given to Home Guards, he added.
Besides assisting the police on regulating traffic, he said that Home Guards were also deployed for a range of other purposes such as crowd control during temple festivals and exhibitions, he added.
Commissioner of Police A.K. Viswanathan, who is also the Commandant of Home Guards, gave away the policies.
During the function, the Home Guards who had taken part in cultural performances during the Chief Minister’s Medal Parade at Nehru Stadium, Chennai on August 23 were felicitated. A total of 91 Home Guards from Coimbatore Salem, Dharmapuri, Thanjavur, Theni and Tiruchi gave a dance performance. Of these, 21 were from Coimbatore.
A.R. Arunachalam, president-elect, Rotary Coimbatore Central, R. Nithyanandhan, Divisional Manager, United India Insurance, spoke.