House Guards’ kin eligible for Rs 5-lakh ex-gratia: Yogi Adityanath

By: Express News Service | Lucknow |

Updated: December 7, 2020, 5:59:56 am

CM Yogi Adityanath pays tribute to Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar. (Express photo)

Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath announced on Sunday a provision of the ex-gratia payment of 5 billion rupees for candidates who, in the event of their death or disability, would serve the volunteers of the Home Guard and honorary officers of the armed forces.

During the UP Home Guard’s 58th Anniversary Program, the CM said that Force jobs would be made available to able Home Guard members if they died or became disabled.

Adityanath said that so far, financial support for the families of such home guards has been provided out of interest in the Kalyan Kosh Welfare Fund. Only 20 percent of affected staff received the benefits, but under the new regime everyone would benefit, he added. The CM said his government had increased the welfare fund from Rs 5 billion to Rs 10 billion.

At the beginning of the event, the Prime Minister opened the district’s home offices in Agra, Fatehpur, Fatehgarh, Jaunpur and Hamirpur and a Chetan Chauhan Division training center in Moradabad.

Construction of the Hardoi District Home Guards Office and four training centers in Prayagraj, Jhansi, Agra and Kanpur will be completed soon, the government added.

Adityanath inspected a parade at the event and gave Rs 5-lakh checks to relatives of the deceased Home Guard volunteers.

“Our government has given the home guard duty allowances similar to the police system, and this will help the Home Guard volunteers to carry out their duties with full commitment. The state government has granted a minimum wage of Rs 18,000 for volunteers and honorary officers of the Home Guard, with inflation surcharges added from time to time, ”he added.

The CM said 10,000 Home Guards completed their duties during the Kumbh Mela in 2019 and announced they would receive the Kumbh Sewa Medal. He claimed that there were around 55,000 home guards during the reign of previous governments, but his government increased them to around 90,000.

Adityanath also congratulated the volunteers on their help during the Covid-19 lockdown, including managing buses that take migrant workers to their destinations.

Earlier in the day, he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made a significant contribution to bringing Bhimrao Ambedkar worldwide honor. In a statement on the anniversary of Ambedkar’s death, he said, “PM Narendra Modi has done the job of developing places associated with Babasaheb and connecting the future generation to his philosophy.”

– With PTI inputs

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