Assam Home Guards to boycott Assembly polls in state

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Hatsingimiri: Demanding permanent regularization and increment in salary packages, the Assam home guards in South Salmara Mankachar District staged a sit-in demonstration on Monday morning.

Expressing their distress over the BJP-led government of Assam, the members of goes for a two-day break in service until their demands are not fulfilled. Several jawans staged a sitting protest by taking placards in their hands.

As the model code of conduct has been declared in the state, the members of home guards appealed before the Governor of Assam and Chief Election Commissioner to intervene in the matter.

Speaking before the media, the members of the home guards also threatened to boycott the assembly polls in the state.  

As per the Home Guards, BJP Government had reportedly assured the Home Guards to solve their basic requirements following a protest march in Guwahati on last February 11, 2021, but, failed to live upto their expectations.

In the recent budget session, Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had informed that the state finance department had undertaken some key initiatives which are to upgrade the financial status of the men-in-uniform who serve our state in the frontline. As per records, a budget of 12,100 lakh was allocated in the financial year 2018-19 for an increase of wages for the Home Guards.

Himanta while addressing the Assam legislative assembly earlier in the month of February said, “I am pleased to inform this August House that the daily wages of 1,200 beneficiaries within this cohort were enhanced from the existing Rs.250 to Rs.300 per day (for basic trained Home Guards) and Rs.315 per day (for Advanced Trained Home Guards). This has so far benefitted approximately 27,000 personnel in Home Guards.”

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