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Delhi considering increasing Home Guards' salaries

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A show of pride: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit taking the salute at the Raising Day Parade of Delhi Home Guards and Civil Defence on Monday.

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday said her government is seriously considering enhancing the minimum wages of the Delhi Home Guards and Civil Defence personnel.

Speaking at the Home Guards' 64th Raising Day celebrations at Raja Garden Parade Ground here, Ms. Dikshit lauded the role played by Home Guards during the Commonwealth Games in the city. She appealed to them to play a more constructive role in development of the Capital.

Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta, Principal Secretary (Home) G. S. Patnaik and Home Guards & Civil Defence Director-General A. S. Khan were also present on the occasion.

Ms. Dikshit said Home Guards personnel on many occasions work under a lot of strain and in adverse circumstances and it is necessary that they are suitably trained and well equipped to deal with all demanding situations. “They could definitely play a more proactive role in other community-related developmental works in the Capital,” she added.

Mr. Khan said several training programmes such as community-oriented policing service, traffic management and communication and disaster management-related training programmes are being conducted at its Central Training Institute.

Ms. Dikshit gave away the President's Medals to the Home Guards. Girls of Civil Defence also displayed various self-defence techniques.

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