State BJP chief and state Home Guards welfare Association President G Kishan Reddy said he would sit in fast for one day along with the family members of home guards at Indira Park at 9 am on April 26.
In a statement here on Wednesday, he said though home guards were working day and night on par with the police, they were poorly paid. He lamented that the home guards organization was created 50 years ago, their conditions had not improved. He said though they were working day and night, their families were living in abject poverty.
He has alleged that their labour was being robbed by the government denying them minimum wages, amenities and even primary rights. Their lives had become miserable as the house rents, educational and medical expenditures had gone up beyond their means.
Kishan Reddy demanded that the report of the VSK Kaumudi’s on the conditions of the home guards should be implemented and those with educational qualifications, service and physical qualifications should be promoted as constables. He also demanded that all those who served as five years should be absorbed as class four employees. Kishan Reddy also demanded that the daily wages of home guards should be increased from Rs. 200 to Rs. 400, apart from provision of bus pass, health and job security.