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Home guards’ strike from today

By The Assam Tribune
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Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 17: The ensuing election may face a scarcity of security personnel as 27,000 home guards of the State have announced an indefinite strike from Thursday under the banner of the All Assam Trained Home Guard Association (AATHGA).

The association announced the strike as the State government had allegedly failed in fulfilling its various long-standing demands including regularisation of jobs, implementation of equal-work-equal-wage rule and a halt to online system for deployment. The home guards currently get Rs 300 per day as wage while on duty.

Office-bearers of AATHGA said that on Tuesday they had met senior officials of the home department to find out a solution, but the meeting concluded without any positive result. In the past few months, the association had a series of meetings with different stake-holders of the government including the Chief Minister and the Finance Minister.

“Everyone assured us that our demands would be fulfilled, but till date no one has taken any step in this regard,” Shyamanta Deka, working president of the association told The Assam Tribune.

At present around 10,500 home guard personnel have been deployed under the Assam Police for the elections. The home department is planning to deploy another 6,300 home guards, a senior official said.

Regarding the proposed strike, the official said that discussion is under way at a different level to find a solution.

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Home guards’ strike from today

Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 17: The ensuing election may face a scarcity of security personnel as 27,000 home guards of the State have announced an indefinite strike from Thursday under the banner of the All Assam Trained Home Guard Association (AATHGA).

The association announced the strike as the State government had allegedly failed in fulfilling its various long-standing demands including regularisation of jobs, implementation of equal-work-equal-wage rule and a halt to online system for deployment. The home guards currently get Rs 300 per day as wage while on duty.

Office-bearers of AATHGA said that on Tuesday they had met senior officials of the home department to find out a solution, but the meeting concluded without any positive result. In the past few months, the association had a series of meetings with different stake-holders of the government including the Chief Minister and the Finance Minister.

“Everyone assured us that our demands would be fulfilled, but till date no one has taken any step in this regard,” Shyamanta Deka, working president of the association told The Assam Tribune.

At present around 10,500 home guard personnel have been deployed under the Assam Police for the elections. The home department is planning to deploy another 6,300 home guards, a senior official said.

Regarding the proposed strike, the official said that discussion is under way at a different level to find a solution.

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