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Updated: October 22, 2012 02:14 IST

Withdrawal of VAT on sales at police canteens assured

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Policemen paying homage to their colleagues who laid down lives in the call of duty on 'Police Commemoration Day' in Hyderabad on Sunday. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy
The Hindu Policemen paying homage to their colleagues who laid down lives in the call of duty on 'Police Commemoration Day' in Hyderabad on Sunday. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Sunday promised to consider withdrawal of Value Added Tax (VAT) on sales at canteen chain to be set up by police on the lines of military canteens.

He was responding to a request by Director General of Police V. Dinesh Reddy at the Commemoration Day parade of police martyrs at the Goshamahal stadium here.

Highlighting the welfare measures taken up by government for policemen, the Chief Minister said a multi-speciality hospital for the force was sanctioned with a budget of Rs. 50 crore and repairs ordered for police quarters at a cost of Rs. 35 crore.

He promised to continue the benefits extended to families of police martyrs like financial aid, house sites and jobs to dependents.

Mr. Reddy praised the police of the State as the foremost in the country in protection of law and order. The personnel tackled anti-social elements with the same commitment as the defence services on international borders.

The right wing extremism and other disturbances were effectively checked. The development of any State was possible only if peace was ensured, he said.

Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy said the force was discharging its duties in an aggressive atmosphere. The VIPs paid floral tributes to the martyrs’ memorial. City Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma and Mr. Dinesh Reddy inaugurated blood donation camps at the venue and first battalion of AP Special Police at Yosufguda respectively.

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