Home Guards call for citizens to secure Bangalore city

Home Guards call for citizens to secure city
29 Dec 2008

Guards here organized a rally to mark `National Disaster Reduction Day’ on Sunday, and asked citizens to play a role
in the securing the city. More than 600 participated.

The department has been celebrating this day since 1965. The Home Guards asked transport minister R Ashok and MP Ananthkumar, who inaugurated the rally, to provide free bus travel to them. “I’ll give priority to this request,” Ashok said.

Ananthkumar suggested two battalions of Home Guards comprising permanent employees should be maintained, who can be deputed immediately whenever there is vacancy.

The participants marched from Rani Saraladevi Education Society to Madavan Park.

* There are 1,000 Home Guards in Karnataka

* All are volunteers and get Rs 175 per day. They are posted in various locations. Bangalore University has 200 Home Guards, and another 200 are posted in areas where Metro Rail construction is going on

* Anybody between 20 to 50 years can join the Home Guards. A minimum education level till fourth standard is required. Applicants are interviewed and checked for fitness by the Home Guards department

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