Post Mortem

The untold fate of Home Guards and Civil Defense in Nagaland

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 4/14/2019 12:29:23 PM IST

 According to a reliable source, apart from the State of Nagaland, in every state the department of Home Guards (HG) and Civil Defense (CD) are of two different entities.

In Nagaland, the department of HG was established in the year 1988 and the two departments i.e. HG & CD has been amalgamated and mutually working together as one department since the late 90s. The central and the state government bears equal responsibility and share for the Home Guards whereas for Civil Defense - it’s a purely central subject.
In neighboring state like Assam, the HG has two regular battalions and HG & CD are provided with good facilities along with handsome salary. On the contrary, we have no regular battalion with very less salary to meet their ends, although the work load is the same or more as compared to other states. Another thing is that, like in other states, SDRF jawans provide 24/7 service. Whereas in the procedural service of Nagaland, they are the first on the scene during natural calamities including man-made disasters and provide adequate service when it is needed by the common citizens. A sum of Rs. 20,500/- is allotted for the SDRF jawan i.e., Rs.16,000/- by the HG and Rs. 4,500/- by the NSDMA, Home Department. Apart from that, in other states, the jawans are provided good facilities and even their salary is more as compared to us, and they are provided life insurance but in Nagaland, no such life insurance is provided with lesser salary.
Comparing with other states, our jawans also do what is required of them. They do the right and good work, sweat equally like the jawans of other states. So, jawans of our state must also get what they deserve for rendering their service like in other states and must be provided good salary and incentives. I feel that the State Government must look upon and question themselves in this matter.
I don’t work in HG or CD and I have no relation with them either. And my article bears no grudges against any individual, but based on my concern and pity feelings for the HG & CD jawans. I put my article to the people to make it a clear picture of it. 
Mokokchung Town

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