Chennai: Placing the state police on similar
lines with that of military personnel, Tamil Nadu Chief
Minister Jayalalithaa on Saturday announced setting up of canteens
to sell goods to police personnel at subsidised rates.
"Military personnel defend the country from foreign
enemies, while the police guard the country and people from
anti-social elements. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has ordered
to open canteens for police personnel, like canteens for
military personnel," an official release said.
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).
These canteens will initially be opened in three places -
Tamil Nadu Special Police Regimental Centre at Avadi, Tamil
Nadu Special Police I Battalion in Tiruchirapalli and Tamil
Nadu Special Police VI Battalion in Madurai at a cost of Rs 1
crore, it said.
Police personnel, retired police personnel and their
families and families of deceased policemen will benefit from
these canteens, it said.