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GREETINGS: Director-General of Police, Commandant General of Home Guards and Director, Civil Defence, Jija Madhavan Harisingh (left) and freedom fighter H.S. Doraiswamy (second from left) interacting with a Home Guard in Bangalore on Sunday.
GREETINGS: Director-General of Police, Commandant General of Home Guards and Director, Civil Defence, Jija Madhavan Harisingh (left) and freedom fighter H.S. Doraiswamy (second from left) interacting with a Home Guard in Bangalore on Sunday.

Staff Reporter

If you work with discipline, you will go a long way: Jija Harisingh

BANGALORE: Men and women, smartly dressed in their uniforms, assembled at the playground near Balamuri Ganapathi Temple at Nandini Layout Bus Stand here on Sunday as a new unit of the Home Guards for Nandini Layout and Basavanagudi was inaugurated.

The Home Guards flag was flying high, even as Jija Madhavan Harisingh, Director-General of Police and Commandant General of Home Guards and Director, Civil Defence, inspected a guard of honour and proceeded to greet some of the Home Guards.

“It is good to know that around 17,000 Home Guards worked during the recent elections,” she said referring to the Home Guards service to the country. “If you work with discipline, a sense of duty and patriotism, you will go a long way in serving not only your State, but also your country,” Ms. Jija Harisingh added. She said that the Government allowed qualified Home Guards to get temporary jobs in different sectors, which would help them in getting training. In connection with this, she stressed on education, especially the knowledge of computers.

Freedom fighter H.S. Doraiswamy said: “We can live anywhere and do anything but we must keep the service of our country in mind.”

Mahesh Joshi, Senior Director, Doordarshan Kendra, Bangalore, was present. Unit officers, who rendered service during the elections, were felicitated at the event while those aspiring to join Home Guards were present.

The Home Guard is a voluntary paramilitary force assisting police and military during riots, bandhs, calamities, elections and traffic hold-ups.

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