Home Guards want salaries at par with constables and regularization of service

Gangtok, 13 Jan:

Home Guards attached with different departments and other organisations in Sikkim have appealed to the State government to provide them salaries at par with police constables. They have also demanded regularization on completion of five years of service like is being done for other adhoc, MR and WC employees of Sikkim.

They are seeking an appointment with the Chief Minister to place their issues and grievances directly with him.

Addressing a press conference here today, a section of Home Guards informed that despite repeated efforts, they have not been able to get an appointment with the CM to place their issues.

They stated that although the CM had mentioned in his recent speech that Home Guards of Sikkim receive the best salaries among Home Guards in the country, Home Guards in Delhi and Goa draw much higher reimbursements.

Where Home Guards in Sikkim are paid Rs 312 per day and take home Rs 9,672 in a 31-day month, Home Guards in Delhi are drawing Rs 20,190 per month and those in Goa receiving Rs 18,770.

“We are not satisfied with our salaries when compared to salaries of home guards in other States as it is very difficult for us to run our families on this salary so we are urging the government to provide us salary at par with police constables,” they told the press conference.

They informed that home guards go through a written and viva examination to get the job and also undergo a 90-day police training.

They are also demanding regularization of servie on completing 5 years. In this regard, the mentioned that some Home Guards in Sikkim have already put in 30 years of service.

“We are very hopeful that the CM will understand our problems and regularise our services on completion of five years of service,” they said.

They mentioned that the CM had announced such a regularisation last year and following the same a notification had also been issued but no follow-up action has been taken since then.

However, they have urged the government to regularise them on completing five years instead of the currently proposed 15 years. They have also demanded medical facilities, travel allowance and an end to the practice to withdrawing them from service in case of any mistakes.