Following allegations that recruitment was conducted by the Home Guards office in East Jaiñtia Hills without advertisement, the Directorate of Civil Defence and Home Guards today clarified that recruitment to the Civil Defence and Home Guards Department is conducted by the Central Recruitment Board of the department for the entire State, apart from ministerial staff which are recruited by the District Selection Commission.
In a statement issued today, the Directorate of Civil Defence and Home Guards said that a district office is not authorised to conduct any recruitment to any regular post except contractual posts on temporary basis.
“It appears that both the NGO and the aggrieved local youth may have assumed that a recent training for Home Guards volunteers conducted by the District Home Guards Training Centre in East Jaiñtia Hills was a recruitment rally. Home Guards volunteers as the term implies are not regular government employees and therefore no recruitment was conducted,” the statement said.
It also said that the office of the Deputy Commissioner of East Jaiñtia Hills was already informed about conduct of the Home Guards volunteer training and the District Home Guards office had received permission for the same.
“The general public is hereby informed that the district level offices for Civil Defence headed by the Deputy Controller of Civil Defence and the Home Guards headed by the District Home Guards Commandant/Officer Commanding conduct training for volunteers throughout the year. These are not meant to be confused with recruitment rallies or sources for regular employment as the term ‘volunteer’ implies,” the statement further said.
The Directorate of Civil Defence and Home Guards also urged interested youth, Dorbar Shnong, schools, colleges and offices to visit the district level offices of the Deputy Controller of Civil Defence for Civil Defence Training and the office of the District Home Guards Commandant or Officer Commanding for Home Guards training during office hours if they wish to receive training as volunteers.