Vijayawada: Home Guards in Andhra Pradesh are well protected through various social welfare schemes, Commissioner of Police Goutam Sawang said here today.
“Various social benefit schemes like welfare fund, insurance, reservation of posts for Home Guards during recruitment are some of the measures taken by the government to protect Home Guards socially,” said the Commissioner during 54th Home Guards Formation Day today.
On the occasion, Commissioner Sawang took the guard of honour at a function held at parade grounds. He lauded the role of 1,078 Home Guards in Vijayawada city serving in various departments.
He said an amount of Rs 5,000 is given to Home Guards for marriage of their daughter and Rs 2,000 for education of their children. In case of a natural death of Home Guard, Rs 2000 is given towards cremation expenses and Rs 15,000 for the family.
In case of accidental death, Rs 20,000 is given as ex-gratia, the senior police official said, adding, keeping in view of the health and welfare of Home Guards, two insurance schemes were introduced.
He said, the health scheme applies to four members of the Home Guards family, who are ill or have met with an accident. Rs 50,000 is given for treatment for one year.
In the case of accidental death or complete disablement. The family will get Rs 2 lakhs from insurance company. For partial disablement an amount of Rs 1 lakh will be paid.
During recruitment to the police department 20 per cent seats are reserved, while 10 per cent posts are reserved in Forest department, fire services, said the Commissioner.
The maximum age limit is pushed to 32 years for Home Guards for recruitment.