Bengaluru's home guards, who share the burden of the police in manning traffic, doing menial jobs at multiple civic agencies or guarding VIP and VVIPS in the city have not got their salaries. 

 

The guards say that a glitch in the software has led to the tragic situation. The details of the poor guards are yet to streamlined for salaries from September.

 

Gangaswamy, a home guard, attached to Bengaluru Urban Division, says, he is being pressurised by his house owner to vacate the house as he has not paid two months rent.

 

"This is the second time such incident has happened this year. Earlier in June. We had given a memorandum to our unit head as three months salary was delayed then, now again the same inconvenience is being repeated," said Gangaswamy.

 

The DG and IGP of Karnataka, Om Prakash, had earlier said that this delay in salary was due to movement of files from one treasury to another. 

 

And this process was done through digitisation of accounts, hence the delay.

 

Azar, M another home guard who is a sole breadwinner to the family says, since the payment is delayed, he has started to work during night hours at another firm.

 

"Ours is a contract-based service. If we work we get a salary. We have worked for eight to ten hours every day but when we don't get salary our we feel the pain," he said.

 

There are about 3,000 home guards in Bengaluru Urban and half of them are facing this irregular salary issue.