Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today inaugurated the Central Police Canteen at Police Headquarters at Shimla today to facilitate the police personnel and retired employees of the Police Department.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister said that the Canteen would go a long way in providing quality products to 17,000 police personnel and retired 20,000 police families. He said that apart from getting quality products at subsidise rates, the families of police personnel would get the daily needs items at one place. He directed the Police Department to explore the possibility of starting such service in rural areas also so that personnel’s serving in such areas could be benefitted from this service.
Chief Minister said that State Government would provide three Force Traveller Vehicles for starting Mobile Canteens to facilitate the police personnel serving in rural areas of the State. He said that the State police would be allowed to set up retail outlets of Indian Oil Corporation on available police land such as police lines, Solan, Una, Bilaspur and Mandi. He said that the profit earned by operating these petrol pumps would be spent on providing scholarships to meritorious students of police personnel.
DGP S.R. Mardi welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries present on the occasion. He said that as many as 18 Canteens were functioning in all the districts of the State and two canteens would be opened soon. He said that sale of Rs eight crore has been registered in these canteens till date.
Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Former DGP R.R. Verma and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.