CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday announced a slew of welfare measures for the police department, including setting up of a welfare board for retired cops and creation of new posts at a cost of Rs 13.51 crore.
Replying to the demand for grants for Home department in the Assembly, he said three Armed Reserve wings would be created in the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court at a cost of Rs 12.02 crore and posts for it would be created at a cost of Rs 1.04 crore, besides setting up of a new police station at a cost of Rs 5.73 crore.
He also announced purchase of 18 Riot Control Vehicles, Vajra, at a cost of Rs 3.96 crore, apart from 15 Varun Riot control vehicles at a cost of Rs 9.75 crore.
This announcement was significant as the state has been witnessing increasing protests, including the recent anti-sterlite agitation at Tuticorin, which turned violent, resulting in police firing that claimed 13 lives.
He also announced shifting of the headquarters of the Coastal Security Group from Nagapattinam to Chennai.
Mr Palaniswami also announced institution of a new award of Chief Minister's medal for excellence in forensic sciences and award of Rs 30,000 each to two forensic personnel that would be presented on the birth anniversary of late Chief Minister C N Annadurai.
Making a host of announcements for the fire service department, he announced revision of long service special pay to the personnel working in fire and rescue services department, apart from formation of new fire and rescue services stations.
He also announced construction of new buildings and purchase of modern equipment for various wings of the police department, including the fire services department.