UP govt ends services of 25,000 home guards due to financial burden

By: |
October 15, 2019 7:24 PM

Till now they have been expected to work for 25 days but the government decreased it to 15 days.

The Supreme Court in July, however, meant a hike in the cost of deploying them.

The Uttar Pradesh government is doing away with 25,000 home guards, saying the state cannot afford the new allowances the Supreme Court has asked it to pay. The daily allowance for the home guards is now Rs 672, up from the Rs 500 before the court order in July.

The government said this would have cost the state an extra expenditure of Rs 10 to Rs 12 crore every month. It, therefore, decided not to deploy home guards meant for security at police stations and traffic signals. The home guards are not permanent employees and are recruited on a casual basis.

Officials said a large number were taken on in April. The Supreme Court in July, however, meant a hike in the cost of deploying them. According to an order issued by Additional Director General (ADG) BP Jogdand, “The decision not to deploy 25,000 home guards was taken on August 28 this year in a meeting chaired by the Uttar Pradesh chief secretary.” The home guards were deployed through a government order dated April 3.

Home Guards do not have any fixed monthly salary and are paid based on the number of days of duty. Till now they have been expected to work for 25 days but the government decreased it to 15 days. Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police OP Singh said this step has been taken due to the extra financial burden on the police department following the Supreme Court order and it is a temporary one. “After the Supreme Court order, the police department would have had to bear the extra burden of Rs 10 to Rs 12 crore per month.

This decision of not giving postings is a temporary one, and if and when required they will be called for duty,” the DGP said.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE, NSE, US Market and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Financial Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Biz news and updates.

Next Stories
1West Bengal has become home to illegal bomb-making: Governor Dhankhar on NIA arrests
2Rajya Sabha passes bill to punish those attacking healthcare workers
3Incidents of violence against health workers declined dramatically after ordinance: Health Ministry