The Manipur Home Guard Employee’s Welfare Association (MHGEWA) has urged the state government to provide the revised honorarium amount which the personnel are yet to receive for 11-long months till date.
MHGEWA president Mangi raised the issue while speaking at the 57th Raising Day celebration held at the Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul in Imphal on Sunday.
Mangi said the state government issued an order on February 28, 2020, for a raise in their monthly honorarium with effect from January 2020, but no raise has been received by the home guards till date.
Currently, the home guard personnel are getting Rs 7,730 as a monthly honorarium. After the hike in the amount, each home guard personnel is entitled to get Rs 18,689 as a revised monthly honorarium, Mangi said.
Since 2015 the association has been demanding hike in their monthly honorarium. In 2019, the association had conducted various agitations, including the indefinite hunger strike.
Following the demand, the state government had ordered increment in their remuneration in February.
Mangi said on October 11 he along with some members met Chief Minister N Biren and during the meeting, the chief minister instructed concerned officials to give the revised amount as arrear along with the monthly honorarium. But, so far, no personnel has received the increment amount, he added.
Highlighting the issue, Mangi urged the state government to ensure payment of pending revised honorarium for 11 months to the home guard personnel at the earliest.
As a part of the Raising Day ceremony, the association flag was hoisted during the programme.
To strengthen and support the Jan Andolan campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the association donated medical kits consisting of face masks and hand sanitizers to All Manipur Working Journalist Union (AMWJU).