JAMMU: Home Guards on Wednesday held a protest outside Press Club Jammu demanding policy on the pattern of other states for extending benefits to the Home Guards of J and K.

Speaking on the occasion, President of the Association, Kamla Sharma said that  during  emergencies  like floods, Home Guards are being   put  to action  by  deploying   them to sensitive places  for  performing their duties, which they perform effectively  and  devotedly without  caring for  their   lives.

Expressing her grave concern over the attitude of the previous   as well as present government for ignoring Home Guards  and depriving  them of  their  legitimate rights, Kamla said that police personnel are  enjoying hand some salaries  and have been assigned  smooth duties while as Home Guards  who  are being deployed  in sensitive  areas   during emergencies  are being  paid Rs  545  monthly which is  clear violation of Human Rights.

She said   that   time and  again representations  and requests  have been made   to the government   as well  as   the concerned authorities  for mitigating  the sufferings  of  these Home Guards but it is  unfortunate the government   has  totally ignored and  deprived them.

Others spoke on the occasion were Gopal, Dass,   Krishan Lal, Navjot Singh, Pawan Kumari, Darshana  Devi, Bilal Ahmad, Mushtaq Ahmad and Gh Ahmad.