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Govt to push for tax waiver on CCTVs

After 265 house break-ins and 114 chain-snatching incidents in 40 days, the state government seems to have found an answer, albeit an old one, to improve security in the city — installing closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

mumbai Updated: Aug 11, 2011 00:52 IST
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After 265 house break-ins and 114 chain-snatching incidents in 40 days, the state government seems to have found an answer, albeit an old one, to improve security in the city — installing closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

In his reply to a question raised by the Opposition on poor law and order in the city, home minister RR Patil on Tuesday said his department would be pushing for a waiver of state taxes on security-related products including CCTV. This, he said, would encourage a majority of housing societies and establishments to keep better vigil on visitors.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Vinod Tawde had raised the issue of house break-ins and chain-snatching cases that took place between April 14 and May 25. “At least 265 house breaks and 114 chain-snatching cases have been registered in the city within 40 days. The cases are more in the western suburbs. Is the home department taking any note of this? And what are the steps taken to reduce these cases?” he asked.

Stressing on the need of CCTV cameras, Patil claimed that they had increased vigilance. “We are recruiting 11,000 policemen every year. Also, we have asked citizens to be more vigilant. About 2,593 people have been arrested in these [theft] cases and Rs21.05 crore has been recovered,” he said.

Tawde also questioned Patil’s stress on citizens’ vigilance saying that the main responsibility of maintaining law and order was on the police. Prakash Binsale, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), legislator questioned the home minister over the large amount of custom duty and state taxes that were being levied on security equipment.

“We have written to the Centre asking them to give us concessions on custom duty that is levied on security equipment. But as far as state taxes are concerned, we are going to put a proposal to the finance department in the budget session for waiving such taxes on CCTVs,” Patil said.