Hyderabad: Telangana government on Wednesday hiked the salary of home guards slightly to Rs20,000 from the existing Rs19,884. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced the perks to the home guards after a meeting with their representatives at Pragathi Bhavan here.
Recalling their plight before Telangana state was formed, KCR said their salary was Rs3,000 and we fought with the government for a hike as the amount was meager. "We won't exploit anyone and ensure self-esteem to everyone working for the government," the CM said adding home guards will now get an increment of Rs1,000 every year. Home guards families will get an insurance facility.
The age limit for recruitment as home guards has been hiked to 40 years.
KCR also announced several benefits to home guards such as 25 percent reservation for home guards in SPO, 15 percent in civil police and 25 percent in fire department posts. Home guards can now avail medical treatment at the police department's hospitals, CM said. Night duty allowance to home guards is also hiked to Rs200 and diet charges and uniforms will be provided to them on par with the police personnel.
Women Home Guards To Get 6-Month Maternity Leave
The CM also announced a six-month maternity leave for women home guards and they can avail of delivery and treatment facilities at the police hospitals.
The state has over 20,000 home guards whose salary was hiked to Rs19,884 in June this year. The salary of home guards is up to the direction given by Supreme Court which fixed it Rs672 per day. However, AP government has recently hiked the wages of home guards to Rs400 per day.