BANGALORE: Home Minister V.S. Acharya on Wednesday said that the monthly honorarium of Home Guards would be hiked by Rs. 50 per day in the next budget and that they would be imparted some type of commando training.
Dr. Acharya was speaking after inaugurating the 47th All-India Home Guards Day-2009, organised by the Bangalore Rural and Bangalore district units of the Home Guards. He also released the Home Guards calendar for 2009.
Bangalore University Vice Chancellor N. Prabhu Dev released the souvenir. Director-General and Commandant General, Fire Force, Home Guards and Civil Defence Jija Hari Singh presided.
G.O. Shivakumar, Commandant of the Bangalore district, was present.
The Minister said that the Government had increased the honorarium to Rs. 175 from Rs. 125, recently. The Government would increase its contribution to the Home Guards Welfare Fund and introduce group insurance for them in the next budget.
Responding to the request of the Commandant of the Bangalore Rural district B. Amarnath for increasing the honorarium as the Home Guards were rendering yeoman service to the people, the Minister said it would be increased further by Rs. 50 in the next budget. He assured Ms. Singh that an officer of the rank of Inspector-General of Police would be posted to assist her.
Mr. Amarnath presented to Dr. Acharya a cheque for Rs. 65,000 contributed by 25,000 Home Guards to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for the flood-hit people. The Minister made a special appeal to the media, especially electronic, not to project policemen in poor light, as they were engaged in the serious service of protecting the lives and properties of the citizens.
He administered the oath of duty to the Home Guards, who gathered in large numbers. The Minister said that the Day coincided with Vijay Divas.
Mr. Amarnath read over the messages sent by the President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram.