Raigad security board plans to recruit 1,000 personnel
A security guard job was not in much demand for most youth till recently in Panvel. However, with the Raigad security guard board promoting the services in the region, the youth are beginning to look at it as a good option.
The board has sent a proposal for fresh recruitments to the government. The proposal is expected to provide jobs to an additional 1,000 youth in the region.
Raigad district has a number of private companies, government and semi-government offices. Apart from them, JNPT, ONGC, iron and steel market, Cidco, FCI and other such major establishments are also here.
Earlier, these companies employed security guards through private agencies. However, there were a number of complaints of the guards being financially exploited. Hence, in 2002, the security guard board was established in Raigad as well, on the lines of a similar body in Mumbai.
The board began functioning in 2006 and has 1,950 guards registered with it. The security board gives priority to the local youth. They are given requisite training.
Both the government and private establishments have started getting registered with the security board. The board has prepared a proposal for additional recruitments and sent to the labour department. As soon as the approval comes in, the recruitment process will begin. Once recruited, the guards get sanction for jobs through the board. The establishments registered with the board recruit the guards. The guards are bound not with the establishments but the board. Hence the jobs are permanent and the establishments cannot sack them.
The security guards get Rs12,000 as salary with the supervisor getting Rs14,000. Apart from this, every six months dearness allowance is given and there are other facilities too.
Shyam Joshi, chairman of Raigad district security guard board said, “With the security board’s work coming to light, there is growing confidence in it amongst the locals who are approaching us for jobs and also companies with their requirements.”