Kolkata: ‘Civic Volunteer’ name will be changed to ‘Junior Home Guard’ and their
dress code will also be changed. Before this, the name change underwent twice.
According to the home ministry, DG Birendra had sent a letter to the present Home
Secretary Atri Bhattacharya, appealing for a name change.
In 2013, the state government had recruited lakhs of unemployed men-women as an
aide to the police. They were named as Civic Police Volunteers. In 2015, the Home
Ministry changed it to Civic Volunteers.
Civic Volunteers will be renamed as Junior Home Guard if the DG’s plea is passed.
The dress code will also be changed to a homeguard’s uniform. It will be a sky
blue-coloured T-shirt with Civic Volunteer written on it. The common people will
consider as police if they perform their duties wearing this uniform.
Civic volunteers were also deployed along with the police for maintaining law and
order in the recently concluded Panchayat elections. Post this, chief minister
Mamata Banerjee increased their salaries from Rs 5,500 to 8,000. If the name and
dress code is changed, then it is presumed to increase their respect.
According to Lalbazaar, the Civic Volunteers will move through thin lanes in the
city using cycles which will be present in the police stations. They will be
trained for emergencies and difficult situations.