IMPHAL: The Imphal West District VDF Welfare Association (IWDVDFWA) has appealed to the state government to fulfill its demands on honorarium increment suitable to the modern livelihood, attaching a question whether the administration intend to give the demands after their deaths.
The VDF association raised the issue in a recently submitted memorandum to the Chief Minister that included three main points, a press release of IWDVDFWA signed by its president Md. Riyaj Khan stated.
The VDF personnel have responded to every types of entrusted to them by the government from time to time, but the voices of its demands seemed to be neglected by the state government. It is unpractical to run the families with the present honorarium of Rs 7500 amid the critical situations, the release stated.
It also mentioned that the VDF personnel are taking up front line duty along with the health workers, press and police personnel during this pandemic situation of Covid-19. However, no proper facilities were given to them instead there is carelessness and disregard for their tough assignments which they have carried out tirelessly day and night.
Hence, it has become a concern about who will take risk for the lives of the VDF personnel in case they are infected with Covid-19 during their duty. The chief minister has announced ex-gratia for the health workers and media persons who fall prey to Covid-19, he added inferring there is no similar measure for them.
He continued to mention that the VDF personnel have taken over 70 percent of duty in the community quarantine centres and there are 8 VDF personnel among the 28 positive police personnel of Jiribam, hence, it has brought more panic among them due to the spread of infection among the security personnel.
Further, the association expressed its appreciation to Imphal West SP. K. Meghachandra Singh for distributing the necessary safety items like hand gloves, sanitizers and face masks from his own pocket money and the materials were distributed by VDF welfare association to all locations.