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25,000 Home Guards in UP Removed From Duty Ahead of Diwali

| Published on October 16, 2019

Diwali is just around the corner but looks like it won’t be celebratory for many as UP government terminates the services of 25,000 Home Guards in the State Police Department while as many as 90,000 had their number of working days cut to 15 from 25 days.

“The decision to end 25,000 Home Guard services was taken on August 28 this year in a meeting chaired by Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary,” said an order issued by Additional Director General (ADG) B.P. Jogdand.

Quote Source: TimesOfIndia

The state government spokesman also shared that the decision was taken due to financial constraints. The Supreme Court had earlier asked the state government to make the daily allowances of the UP Home Guards at par with the UP Police constables.

“There is a certain budget for Home Guards and when their daily allowance is increased it will definitely have an effect on their duty days. It might have some effect as Diwali season is around the corner, however, I am sure the state government has taken a decision after thinking over the financial constraints. If Home Guards are given allowances at par with constables then they should also be trained like them,” said former DGP of UP, AK Jain.

Quote Source: News18

The UP Home Guards are mostly deployed for the traffic management system in the state, which is now likely to face issues.

The Home Guards would earlier get a daily allowance of around Rs 500, which was raised to Rs 672 on the Supreme Court’s orders which added to the financial pressure especially at ta time like this when the economic growth has dipped to a five-year low.

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