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Maharashtra to issue new notification asking home guards to resume duty

Currently, home guards across Maharashtra, between the ages of 50 and 58 have not been called on duty, keeping the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in mind. A meeting was held recently to understand the matter and concerns faced by home guards in the state

Maharashtra to issue new notification asking home guards to resume duty

The state government of Maharashtra, on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, decided to reconsider the appointment of home guards who were unable to join earlier due to various reasons. Officials held a meeting regarding the same, whereby it was decided that the instructions will be issued to issued via new circulars. These were sent earlier as well, however, reports state that the circulars were not able to reach everyone. 

Addressing the matter, Minister of State for Home (Urban), Satej Patil, directed the Home Secretary to take an immediate decision after checking the situation across all districts. Directives were issued to the concerned departments at a meeting chaired by Minister Patil who also discussed various other issues of the Home Guards in the state. It is being said that in some districts, the security honorarium of the Home Guard has been pending for several days as well. 

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The online meeting was also attended by Principal Secretary (Special) Sanjay Saxena, Deputy Director-General of Home Guard Prashant Burde, President of Basav Pratishthan Ramling Purane, Chairman of Home Guard Development Committee R.D. Lakhan Adi among other dignitaries.

Besides this, Minister Patil also directed that a circular should be issued within the next five days after receiving the funds from the Finance Department. Officials have been asked to discuss matters with the insurance company and understand the benefits of the plans for home guards.

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Moreover, the Additional Superintendent of Police has also been asked to review the matters at least once every month via a meeting focused to address issues faced by the home guards.

Currently, home guards between the ages of 50 and 58 have not been called for security, keeping the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in mind, However, Minister of State Satej Patil also directed that respective member of the above-mentioned age group to consider joining in areas where the coronavirus infection has been reported to be low, i.e. in localities categorised under level 1. 

Earlier this year, Param Bir Singh took charge as the DG of Maharashtra Home Guard.

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