All Manipur VDF Welfare Association has demanded Chief Minister N Biren Singh for regularisation of their services by framing rules and regulations in similar lines with the Police Manual Act by paying 75 per cent pay which is given to police constables as honorarium.
For the VDF personnel, the government needs to establish a separate wing or battalion where discipline is maintained among the personnel by deputing rank and file as per seniority in a similar fashion to that of personnel in Manipur police, said president of the association M Amuthoi in a press conference held at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul, Imphal. The association also demanded to provide 13 month’s pay enjoyed by the Manipur police personnel, he added.
A memorandum including several demands was submitted to the chief minister by the association. He said the demands are made to the government to avoid discrimination and prevent human rights violations of VDF personnel.
The VDF personnel have been serving the state since 2009, Amuthoi further said, adding various demands were placed before the government since its establishment but they have not been completely fulfilled yet.
During the occasion of 12th raising day observation of VDF, the president of the association drew the attention of the chief minister, who was present in the function, to fulfil their demands. On the occasion, the chief minister said that the state government will take necessary steps for the welfare of the VDF personnel.
The monthly honorarium of VDF personnel was increased to Rs 10,500 though the association urged the state to increase to Rs 12.000, he said. He also assured to solve the problems faced by the VDF personnel from time to time in accordance with financial conditions of the state.
The VDF personnel was first recruited in March 2009 in four valley districts, namely Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal and Bishnupur to defend villages from any attacks from militants. At present, there are 10,050 VDF personnel in Manipur.