VGAN highlights plight of Village Guards

VGAN highlights plight of Village Guards
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Kohima, May 10: The Village Guards Association of Nagaland (VGAN) called on Advisor for Information & Public Relations, SCERT and Village Guards, MLA Toshi Wungtung, in Kohima yesterday.
During the meeting, VGAN aired several grievances besides apprising the Advisor that the wages of the village guards is too meager. They said that compared to the services rendered by them the facilities they avail presently is scanty.
The Association also appealed for implementation of Gauhati High Court order of November 9, 2017 asking the State Government to examine and raise the wages of Village Guards to a reasonable level but not less than that of the Home Guards of the State.
A release issued by the Association said that Advisor Wungtung told them that he is been working for the welfare of the Villages Guards. Wungtung has reportedly said that besides raising the wages, it is also his priority to work for better administration and infrastructure facilities for the Village Guards.
He assured them that he would make all efforts for the betterment and fulfilling the needs of the Village Guards of Nagaland at the earliest. Wungtung further advised the Village Guards to work with dedication and sincerity, while also assuring to take up the matter with the State and Central government for speedy implementation.
Meanwhile, the VGAN release maintained that Village Guard is one of the oldest forces in the country while many of them have sacrificed their lives for the nation in the process of peace keeping and protection of the nation. It said that more than 20 personnel have been awarded Ashok Chakra by the President of India as compared to other forces of the nation.
The VGAN have approached the government on several occasions for enhancement of wages & better facilities, the release said adding that in the past several assurances were given by the officers and the government, but till date it has not been implemented.
As such, they said, the Village Guards approached the Gauhati High Court for addressing their grievances, while the Court passed the order on 09.11.2017 stating “Viewing from all angles nobody will deny that V.Gs existing wages and allowances is too meager and too little. Therefore, the State Government should examine and raise the same to a reasonable level but not less than that of the Home Guards of the State. Since the VGs have waited for such a day for too long a time, the exercise should be complete within a period of 2(two) months from the date of receipt of a copy of this order. Such increase in the wages and allowances should be made effective from 01.01.2017 since they have suffered for so long…”
The VGAN also recalled the declaration of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi made at Tuensang on February 22, 2018, that “if the State government does not have sufficient fund, the Central government will give the fund increasing the wages of the Village Guards of Nagaland. They also mentioned, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijuju saying in several public meetings in Nagaland that the government will increase the wages of the Village Guards of Nagaland. They also quoted Neiphiu Rio, the present Chief Minister declaration in public rally on February 21, last at Meluri, Phek that if his party alliance is voted to power, the government will increase the wages of the Village Guards to Rs. 15000. (Page News Service)