By S.T. Ravi Kumar

Mysore, July 6- The K.R. Hospital in city is going to get round-the-clock security cover from the Home Guards Department from July 10 onwards.

Henceforth, the hospital premises, which had been a free-for-all for vehicle parking, knick-knack vendors and even listless vagrants, will be protected from such misuse, with the ultimate objective of ensuring peace and safety of the patients.

Apart from the out-patients, relatives and attendants of the in-patients and the hospital staff, the hospital premises is being rampantly used unauthorisedly for vehicle-parking and petty-trade, including snacks and eatables, creating a ruckus in the hospital premises.

K.R. Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. Geetha K. Avadhani and Mysore Medical College Dean and Director Dr. D. Venkatesh had submitted a proposal to the government seeking security for the hospital premises. They had also recommended for the services of the Home Guards — a government organisation, instead of having a private security agency on contract basis.

District In-Charge Minister S. Suresh Kumar, who discussed the security matter with the Medical Education Minister and officials of the Health Department, succeeded in getting the State Government's approval for providing Home Guards security for the hospital.

"As such, 55 Home Guards personnel have been nominated for three shifts of 8 hours each," said Dr. Geetha and added that each guard will be paid a salary of Rs. 4,500 per month (at the rate of Rs. 150 a shift). Earlier, they were being paid Rs. 3,500 a month.

Home Guards District Commandant Dr. Chandrakumar, who also is a lecturer at the Mysore Medical College and Research Centre’s Community Medicine Department, said that the guards have been provided with smart-appearing khaki uniforms with new accessories like waist belts, shoulder badges, berets, shoes, whistles and canes. "They are well trained in security-related duties like crowd control, parking arrangement supervision and manning the gates," he said and hoped that other Government agencies too availed the services of Home Guards and provide productive employment for the guards.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore