Chennai, Nov 19 () :Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in an official release here said in the first phase, the canteens would be opened for policemen at Avadi Regimental Centre, Tamil Nadu Special Police Force First Battalion premises in Tiruchirapalli and at Madurai Special Police Force Sixth Battalion. She has offered Rs. 1 crore subsidy for setting up the canteen and to purchase the goods and cater to the serving and retired police personnel, their families and the families of policemen who had died. The goods would be offered to them at subsidised rates.
All items being sold and purchased from the police canteen would be fully exempted from VAT, the release added. These canteens will function similar to the CSDs (Canteen Store Department) available for the armed forces personnel, and will sell goods without applying Value Added Tax (VAT).
Jayalalithaa has been taking measures to step up police efficiency. She created 80 new vacancies for five inspectors, 10 sub-inspectors, 15 head constables, 15 Grade-I constables, 30 Grade-II constables and five Grade-II drivers to serve in these stations. This would cost Rs. 2.71 crore annually to the State Exchequer. 32 new posts – two inspectors, four Sub-Inspectors, six head constables, six Grade-I constables, 12 Grade-II constables and two Grade-II drivers for these two new police stations were created.
She added one all-terrain motorcycle and all- terrain jeep to each of the 12 marine police stations attached to the Coastal Security Group (CSG) in the State in a bid to beef up the coastal security. These vehicles would be provided to the 12 police stations coming under the CSG.