VDF demands service regularisation

Imphal: All Manipur VDF Welfare Association has demanded chief minister N. Biren Singh to regularise VDF (Village Defence Force) personnel service by framing rules and regulations similar with the Police Manual Act by paying 75 percent pay of police constable as honorarium.

The association also demanded payment of 13 months pay enjoyed by a regular police personnel and to establish a separate wing or battalion for the welfare of VDF personnel and maintenance of discipline among themselves by giving rank and file as per our seniority like service method of police department at the end of natural justice.

Placing these demands the VDF welfare association submitted a memorandum to the chief minister. The association president M. Amuthoi Singh said the demands were made to avoid any sort of discrimination as well as protection of Human Right violation. He said the VDF personnel have been serving the people of Manipur since 2009 for nearly 13 years. Various demands were placed to Manipur government. “Till today the government has not completely fulfilled our demands,” he added.

On March 6 on the occasion of 12th Rising Day the president drew the attention of the chief minister who was present at the celebration. He asserted to find out what can be done for the welfare of the VDF. The memorandum was submitted as a reminder for the plea, Amuthoi told reporters here on Friday.

VDF is a security force that had organised its first recruitment rally in March 2009 in four valley districts – Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal and Bishnupur – to voluntarily defend villages from militants attacks. There are 10,050 VDF personnel in the state at present.

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