Home Guards serve 15 days ultimatum for redressal of demands

Home Guards during protest at Jammu on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
Home Guards during protest at Jammu on Wednesday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 16: Home guards continued their protest and served 15 days ultimatum to the Government for redressal of their demands.
A protest demonstration was staged by All J&K Home Guard Welfare Association under the chairmanship of Kamla Sharma President of the Association in support of the demands of the jawans of Home Guards at Green Belt park, here.
Amid slogans, the protestors demanded immediate settlement of long pending demands of Home Guards.
The demands which were highlighted by them included regularization of Home Guards and fixation of their salaries as per the Supreme Court Order which has been implemented by various other states and UTs of the country also.
They demanded that a policy for regularization of Home Guards be formulated and stoppage of usual break of six years of service as many of home guards have rendered from 20 to 25 years selfless service to the Department and have always stood for the call of duty with devotion.
The protestors demanded monthly and other service benefits as per other States and UTs like UT of Delhi and implementation of Minimum Wages Act for the Home Guards.
The protestors said that they had made many appeals to the Government to redress their grievances but till date no heed was paid to their appeal leaving them with no option except come to streets.
To express their anguish against the Government, some of the Home Guards also polished the shoes of the passerby during the protest.
Kamla Sharma while speaking served 15 days ultimatum to Lieutenant Governor J&K for redressal of all the grievances of the Home Guards otherwise they are left with no other option then to protest on streets in every districts of the Jammu and Kashmir.
Among others present were Gopal Bhagat, Krishan Lal, Bharat Bhushan, Arti Kumari, Santosh Kumari, Pawan Kumar, Varinder Singh, Kulwant Singh, Dharam Singh, Rohit, Deepak, Hem Raj, Vivek Sharma, Ved Kumar, Mazid Akhtar, Farooq Ahmad, Basheer Ahmed, etc.