Dilip Kumar

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: BJP MP from Bhubaneswar Aparajita Sarangi on Wednesday requested the Ministry of Home Affairs to discuss with Odisha Government for complying with the High Court order on the allowance of Home guards and address their long-standing demands.

Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha, Sarangi said the Supreme Court in March, 2015 had ordered to pay the Home guards at par with the police personnel. But, the order has not yet been complied with following which Odisha Home Guards Association had moved the Orissa High Court.

The HC had directed the Odisha Government to pay Rs 533 to the home guards as daily duty allowance. But, the High Court order is yet to be complied with, she said.

Instead of paying them Rs 533, the State government is paying only Rs 300 to the Home Guards who are part of the police force but are not regular employees.

"I would like to request the Ministry of Home Affairs to discuss the matter with the State government and address the long standing demands of the Home Guards," Sarangi added.

As many as 17,000 home guards are currently working in Odisha, she maintained.

In August last year, the High Court had directed the State government to increase the daily allowances of home guards to Rs 533. The Court has also asked the government to pay the amount with retrospective effect from January 2020.

In February 2020, the HC had directed the government to pay them remuneration equivalent to the minimum monthly pay of the personnel in the lowest rank of Odisha Police in accordance with the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations.

The HC had passed such ruling while referring to a Supreme Court order directing the State to pay home Guards at par with police personnel.

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