KCR announces slew of benefits for police personnel
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced a slew of benefits to the State police, including enhancement of ex gratia amount paid to the families of those killed on duty, setting up of police canteens, increasing the ‘bhatta’ paid to policemen and providing 50,000 mobile phones.
Addressing the State-level Police Commemoration Day Parade held at Goshamahal stadium here on Tuesday, Mr. Rao said that the State government will ensure that the families of the policemen who get killed while performing duty will get the benefits within a week.
“The government is committed to the welfare of the police force. At the same time they should also keep in mind that the investors are taking into account the law and order situation prevailing in the State before taking up any projects,” Mr. Rao said.
He also announced raising the ceiling on medical reimbursement scheme to Rs. 5 lakh and Rs 7.5 lakh, respectively, free health checkups for policemen aged over 45 years, increasing the ‘feeding charges’ from Rs. 90 to Rs. 250, starting State police canteens where goods sold will be exempted from VAT and one time incentive of Rs. 5 lakh to recipients of gallantry medals. In addition, the SI level officers will soon be brought under the gazetted officer’s grade, he said.
The Chief Minister stated that the government was increasing the ex gratia paid to the families of the police who die while performing their duties. The kin of the martyred constables, head constables and ASI rank officers will get Rs. 40 lakh, SIs (Rs. 45 lakh), Inspectors, DSP and Additional SPs (Rs. 50 lakh) and IPS officials (Rs. 1 crore).
“The government will take care of the housing and education needs of families of policemen martyred and the families will be paid full salaries till retirement date,” he assured.
The government will also be giving 50,000 mobile phones with CUG facility to all ranks of policemen in the State for better communication. Later, Chief Minister, Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy, Director General of Police Anurag Sharma and other senior officials placed wreath at the Police Martyrs memorial.
Source: The Hindu