Home Guard Jawans in Bihar Go on Indefinite Strike

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Patna: After failing to gain the attention of the state government following days of protests and dharnas, thousands of Home Guard jawans in Bihar on Wednesday went on an indefinite strike after surrendering their government-provided arms and ammunitions at various district Home Guard offices.

Demanding the same pay scale as other law enforcement organizations like police and para-military, the Home Guard jawans laid their arms saying the existing pay was not worth risking one's life in the line of duty and until they were given the same treatment, rights, benefits, and salary as the police department, they will not return to work.

Earlier, as reported here, the Home Guard jawans had threatened to go on an indefinite strike if the meeting on March 11 with the Director General of Home Guard P N Rai failed to reach any satisfactory conclusion.

Apparently, not satisfied by the DGs assurance, over 32,000 active Home Guard jawans gave up their arms saying they will refrain from joining duties until their demands were fulfilled unconditionally.

Talking to the reporters, Sudheshwar Paswan, the General Secretary of the Bihar Home Guard Association, said that their demands were based on a 2015 Supreme Court ruling that decreed that the Home Guard jawans should get equal pay as police officials across the nation.

"The strike will badly affect security details at banks, police stations, and nearly all government offices," Paswan said adding the Home Guard jawans, unlike cops, get paid only for the hours on duty with no benefit at all.

He also complained about never receiving their salary on time.

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