The All Manipur Home Guard Employees Welfare Association on Monday demanded removal of five battalion commanders from their post alleging that the commanders of the five home guard battalions had defied the state government order on several occasions thereby preventing the Home Guard personnel from getting various benefits.
The association also urged the state government to initiate legal action against those five battalion commanders for allegedly playing with the emotions and livelihood of about 2,000 home guard personnel of the state.
Speaking to the media at the office of the association in Imphal, its president Y Mangi informed that the DGP had issued an order on March 13 with the approval of the chief minister for forming a committee to conduct/frame guidelines/rules for promotion of all ranks and also to abolish the unpaid rank structure of the home guard personnel.
Then, on March 16, the joint secretary (Home) requested additional DGP (HG) to complete the preparation and finalisation of seniority list of Home Guard personnel as proposed by association at the earliest, Mangi added.
The president maintained that in order to comply with the directives conveyed, the Commandant, Home Guard (VA), Manipur issued signals to battalion commanders of the five Home Guard battalions directing them to submit details of the personnel on or before March 27. However, all the battalions failed to submit the required information without any plausible reason, he informed.
In this regard, the commandant of Home Guard (VA) Manipur issued a reminder to all battalion commanders with direction to submit the required report with preparation of seniority list of Home Guard personnel and to submit the same by March 30, however they still failed to submit the report, he added.
“The act and conduct of present battalion commanders in-charge is considered as disobedience of the order from higher authority, inefficient, incapable, negligence in discharge of duties and irresponsible commanders,” Mangi said.
The five battalion commanders are always against the interest and goodwill of Home Guard personnel, he said, adding these will adversely affect the operational command and control in each and every battalion in the near future.
When it comes to any action regarding welfare of Home Guard personnel, these five battalion commanders never extended co-operation in earlier occasions too and they only worked on personal interest, the president further alleged.
In this regard, the association had also submitted a representation to the chief minister on Monday drawing his kind attention and initiating action against the five battalion commanders in the best interest and welfare of the Home Guard personnel.