Village Guards call total strike in 6 districts

Village Guards call total strike in 6 districts
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Dimapur, March 13: The Village Guards Association of Nagaland (VGAN) has called for total strike on March 19 & 20 from 6 am to 5 pm in the district of Tuensang, Mon, Longleng, Kiphire, Noklak, Meluri and Phek in protest against the State Government’s non-revision of pay and allowance to the Village Guards at par with similarly situation.
In a statement, VGAN president TA Ngamlao said movement in any manner will not be allowing during the total strike period. However, press/media, emergency medical patients and examination candidates are exempted from the purview of the strike.
The VGAN informed that the Guwahati High Court in W.P. (C) has in an order on 9-11-2017 passed that the State Government should examine and raise the wages and allowances of the VGs to a reasonable level but not less than that of the Home Guards of the State within a period of two months from the date of the order. “Such increase in the wages and allowances should be made effective from 01.01.2017 since they have suffered for so long…,” said the Court order.
VGAN lamented that instead of honouring the court’s order and its promises made during election campaign, the State has challenged the Court order through an appeal. The association has written several times to the authorities but to no avail, it said, while announcing its decision to call for total strike.
(Page News Service)

VGs honorarium enhanced
Dimapur, March 13: Additional Chief Secretary & Home Commissioner, Sentiyanger Imchen has notified that in pursuance of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, the Government of Nagaland has enhanced the honorarium of Village Guards from existing rate of Rs 1500 pm to Rs 3000 pm with effect from April 1, 2018.
(Page News Service)