Maharashtra cabinet decided to hike the remuneration of the personnel of Home Guards and Civil Defence units.
Accordingly, home guards personnel would now get Rs. 300 per day, compared to the Rs. 150 they get now. Similarly, civil defence personnel would get Rs. 150 per day, compared to the Rs. 75 they get at present.
Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil had assured the state legislature last year that the amount would be increased, his spokesperson said.
The decision would benefit 39,792 home guards and 70,476 civil defence personnel, he said.
Patil had said the government had initiated steps to strengthen the force in terms of manpower and equipment.
The cabinet also approved issuance of an ordinance to set up a national law university at Mumbai, Aurangabad and Nagpur.
Besides, the cabinet decided to extend the sugarcane purchase tax concession to sugar mills with co-generation projects of less than 6 MW, an official said.