The Karnataka government is contemplating providing canteen facilities to policemen across the State on the lines of the Armed Forces canteen.
Speaking at the Police Commemoration Day here on Sunday, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said the State government had introduced several measures for the welfare of the policemen. He said a sum of Rs one crore had been sanctioned to the Police Welfare Fund and the ex gratia for the martyr’s family had been increased to Rs 10 lakh from Rs three lakh.
Appreciating the efforts of the police in maintaining law and order, particularly during the recent exodus of north-easterners and Cauvery unrest, Shettar said the process of appointing a regular director general and inspector general of police had been set in motion. He hoped that a regular incumbent would be in the office by next week.
The chief minister said the government had taken steps to root out naxal menace in the State since ultras failed to make use of the surrender opportunity provided to them.
Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister R Ashoka said the proposal to provide canteen facility to policemen was before the Finance department and if approved, police canteens would be set up in every district. He said the Home department has asked for waiver of value added tax (VAT) on goods.
Tributes were paid to policemen who laid down their lives while in line of duty. As many as 574 cops, across the country including five from the State, lost their lives while on duty during 2011-12.