IMPHAL: Dissatisfied with the assurance of Chief Minister N Biren in the house to enhance the honorarium of VDF personnel to Rs. 9,500, the All Manipur VDF Welfare Association have expressed concerned about being left out ever since the enhancement of honorarium of the Home guards following a court directive.
Demanding higher honorarium than announced, the All Manipur VDF Welfare Association has threatened to launch series of agitations from March 14 if the state government fails to fulfill their demand.
Briefing reporters at Manipur Press Club, Moiranthem Amuthoi Singh, president of the association, informed that 10,050 VDF personnel are serving in the state and despite performing their duty like a police constable, state government has been providing them a minimal honorarium amount of Rs.7,500 p.m, which is not commensurate to the present situation. On February 25, Chief Minister Biren had assured that honorarium of the VDF personnel will be hiked to Rs. 9,500. We cannot appreciate such assurance of the CM, he said.
Stating that VDF personnel are performing their duty like any police constable, the Association has been demanding an inflated monthly honorarium to the tune of 75 percent of the monthly salary a police constable is getting per month. However, the government is not paying any heed to the prolonged demand of the Association, he lamented.
He said that enhancement of honorarium is a legitimate demand as the VDF men are utilized in multi tasks while the police constables, IRB, MR personnel are utilized in specified jobs only.
Failure on the part of the government to fulfill demand compelled the Association to go ahead with their planned series of agitations from March 14, he said.
On the other hand, the Association has strongly condemned the IPS officer who punished two VDF personnel publicly at Kakching Bazar.
Two VDF personnel namely Md Abdul Rahman and Niranjoy are attached at Traffic control of Kakching Police. The manner in which the two personnel were punished publicly by the IPS officer is a humiliation which is unacceptable and condemnable in the strongest term. It would be more justified on the part of the IPS officer, had the two personnel been punished inside the Police station. Such incident has humiliated all the VDF men serving in the state, he said.
Alleging some ministers, MLAs and Bureaucrat officers of utlising VDF personnel for their personal matters and household chores, he urged the concerned to stop such things immediately.
He also appealed to the Government to deploy the VDF men at their respective posting places.