Chief minister, Neiphiu Rio announced that with effect from December 2010, the government would increase the monthly honorarium of Village Guards personnel from Rs.500 to Rs.1500, a quantum leap of 300%.
He said this while attending a ‘barakhana’ organized in view of the Republic Day celebration at IG Stadium for Village Guards (VG) Parade contingents on January 26.
Rio assured VGs that state PHQ would be requested to find sources for provision of sufficient arms to them. He also assured that posts would be created wherever required after proper consideration. Rio presented a sum of Rs.20, 000 to each VG contingent including the VG Band party who performed at the Republic Day programme.
The programme was also attended by senior officers of the state including chief secretary Lalthara, ACS & commissioner Banuo Z. Jamir, DGP K. Kire, ACS & development commissioner, APC, H. K. Khulu and home commissioner, stated an official bulletin.
Banuo Jamir, who is also the commandant general of VGs, highlighted points and requirements of VGs, particularly in regard to shortage of arms and ammunition due to non-availability from the ordinance factories and non-creation of posts in strategic areas.
Earlier on January 25, a medical camp was organized by the office of the state commissioner for Village Guards contingent at IG Stadium with the help of Naga Hospital Authority Kohima and doctors from in and around Kohima.
Altogether, 16 doctors conducted the medical camp and over 150 VG personnel were administered medical check up and given free medicines.