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CM announces slew of measures for police dept, slams detractors

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday lashed out at his detractors, saying those who tried to create an impression of law and order problems in post-Jayalalithaa era with an eye on power had failed and have been ‘exposed’ among the people.

Replying to the discussion on the demands of police department in the Assembly, he said these political parties and outfits were acting as stumbling blocks to welfare and developmental schemes.

“They engage in such activities not out of concern for the people, but to gain political mileage. People should understand this,” he added.

“We should ponder over whether we are using the democratic rights like freedom of expression, engaging in protests for winning rights given under the Constitution in the right way. Some people are trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill and stage protests as they are afraid that this government will win the goodwill of the people,” Palaniswami said.

He 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.

Nineteen types of weaponry like remington gun, under barrel grenade launcher and submachine gun would be procured at a cost of Rs 4.20 crore for training police personnel, he said. He said multi-shell launcher (MSL) and gas gun would also be bought.