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More Central Share Plea

State Government has requested the Union Government to enhance Central share of financial assistance for Home Guards and Civil Defence to 50 percent.

 

Now the Centre and State share on Home Guard and Civil Defence is as 25:75 basis point.

State Home Guard organization having a strength of 16,865 is serving as an auxiliary force to State Police and helping in maintaining internal security, providing essential services during emergency, traffic management and all sorts of services.


Home Guards are also helping in rescue operations during disasters. As disasters keep visit Odisha on regular intervals, Home Guards have played crucial role in rescue operations, admit officials.


While all budgetary expenditure of Home Guards organization are reimbursed in shape of Central Financial Assistance in the ratio of 25:75 basis for Centre and State Government, the Odisha Government has approached Centre to raise its share.


With growing requirement and pressure on State exchequer rising, the State Government has appealed Union Government to hike the share basis to 50:50.


Several State Governments have also approached the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to hike the Central Share Basis to 50 percent from the existing 25 percent.


As the Home Guards are participating in the disasters for rescue operations, they require skill training to face situations. For example, during industrial hazards, they require skilled training for operations, for which a Central training institute is needed in the states.


Accordingly, the State Government has approached MHA for providing funds for setting up of the training institute, which will play a major role in skilling the Home Guards, a senior top cop said.


Similarly, Civil Defence Organization is having volunteers in several urban zones of the State.


These volunteers are serving in 11 districts of the State, which are most vulnerable ones, so far as natural disasters are concerned. These districts are Khurda, Angul, Sundargarh, Koraput, Jagatisnghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrakh, Balasore, Ganjam, Puri and Dhenkanal.


Civil defence volunteers are honoured by President of India for their distinguished and meritorious services.


They have displayed outstanding performance in the time of natural disasters and, for last four years these volunteers have received Chief Minister’s award for their exemplary work during the time of disasters.


During cyclones their role have been appreciated and specifically during recent FANI, their contributions were lauded by all.


Expenditure on civil defence is taken up by both Centre and State on 25:75 basis, which has been demanded for hike.


State Government has recently approached MHA to enhance the ratio to 50:50 basis as this basis was in voguee before 1996-97.


Keeping in view the growing requirement of both the organizations the Odisha Government has requested the Union Government to enhance the share and help out the State.


 
 


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