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CP lauds services of home guards

SPECIAL DAY: Commissioner of Police K.V. Rajendranath Reddy receives the guard of honour from women home guards at the 45th Home Guards Raising Day celebrations in Vijayawada on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR

Staff Reporter

Blood donation, rally mark the 45th Raising Day celebrations

VIJAYAWADA: Lauding the services of home guards, Police Commissioner K.V. Rajendranath Reddy on Saturday said that equal rewards were being paid to home guards on a par with police constables in the event of the former doing an effective job in cracking cases.

Addressing a meeting at the city armed reserve grounds on the occasion of the 45th Raising Day celebrations of Home Guards, he said that as many as 1,161 home guards were serving in different wings of the Vijayawada Police Commissionerate. “They are serving in law and order, crime and traffic wings and working as computer operators and receptionists in the Commissionerate. Attending emergency duties is one among the long list of duties of home guards,” he said.

Referring to the schemes announced by the State government for the welfare of home guards, Mr. Reddy said that an insurance cover of Rs. 1 lakh would be provided to home guards with a nominal premium of Rs. 54 a year. “Home Guard Welfare Fund Scheme is available in the Commissionerate, under which each home guard has to pay Rs. 10 a month and opt for a loan of up to Rs. 5,000,” he said.

A sum of Rs. 5,000 would be given to each home guard once in their service for performing the marriage of their daughter. “In the last one year, we have distributed notebooks worth Rs. 34,000 to the wards of home guards. We have also provided medical help to 15 home guards,” he said.

Mr. Reddy said that home guards could avail themselves of the facility of reservation during the recruitment of police constables and firemen. The facility of age relaxation was also available for home guards when they apply for any posts in police and fire services departments.

System inception

Recalling the inception of home guard system, he said that the Central government decided to utilise the services of voluntary groups that served in the Army during the China war of 1962 and named them as home guards. “The home guard system commenced at Mumbai and grew up by leaps and bounds since then. At present, home guards are undertaking all jobs on a par with the police and achieving several laurels,” he observed.

Deputy Superintendent of Police G. Hari Narayana welcomed the gathering. Many home guards donated blood at a camp organised at the venue, and later took out a rally from the grounds to Benz Circle.