June 02, 2022
The Supreme Court has articulated discontentment over low salary of home guards in Odisha and directed the state government to reconsider its decision of paying ₹ 9,000 per month.
According to the reports, a bench of Justices M R Shah and B V Nagarathna noted that home guards in Odisha are being paid only ₹ 9,000 per month i.e. ₹ 300 per day. The Supreme Court also took note that many of the home guards are working for more than 15 years, while police personnel in the state are getting approximately ₹ 21,700 per month (after six years of their contractual appointment) along with dearness allowance as per the recommendations made by the Seventh Pay Commission.
The bench said “To pay ₹ 9,000 per month is nothing but an exploitation. How a home guard can survive and maintain his family members on payment of ₹ 9,000 per month only when he is performing almost the same/similar duties performed by other police personnel. Therefore, we direct the State Government to reconsider its earlier decision of paying ₹ 9,000 per month only to the home guards.”
The top court was hearing an appeal filed against the Division Bench of the Orissa High Court which had directed the Odisha government to pay payment at the rate of ₹ 533 per day to the home guards from January, 2020, instead of November 10, 2016.
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