New Delhi: Home Guards Minister Chetan Chauhan has assured that no one home guard of the police department in Uttar Pradesh will lose their jobs as no formal decision has been taken in the matter. This clarification was issued after the Yogi Adityanath-led state government on Tuesday terminated the services of over 25,000 home guards citing a financial crunch.

“We have not received any official letter from the home department. I assure that no one will be removed from their jobs. No formal decision has been taken,” said Chetan Chauhan on Tuesday as quoted by news agency ANI. Citing budget constraints, Chauhan further told news agency ANI that the 30-day duty of the home guards will be reduced to 20-22 days but their service is not terminated.

It must be noted that the Supreme Court had pressurised the Uttar Pradesh government to pay the home guards in par with the police constables. Earlier, the state home guards were receiving a daily allowance of around Rs 500 which was later increased to Rs 672 upon the order of the Supreme court, stated a report. Since payment of the extra allowance proved burdensome to the state government, they finally took the harsh decision of dismissing the employees.