The Maharashtra government is considering a special three-year package to policemen serving in Maoist-affected areas, state minister Ram Shinde said here on Monday.
Talking to reporters, the minister said that presently 1.5% incentive is applicable to policemen serving in Maoist areas. The state government is also thinking in terms of introducing a three-year incentive, about which a decision would be made shortly, he added.
The state government plans to give special benefits to family members of policemen who lost their life in Maoist incidents in 2005.
Around 96 policemen have been identified and their families would get all benefits, the minister, who toured Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts, said.
"I met family members of policemen Raghu Atram and Swarup Amrutwar, who lost their lives battling Maoists. I committed to their family members about compensation from the Maharashtra government as per rule. The name of both martyred policemen will be sent to the central government for bravery awards," Shinde said.
He said that the special anti-Maoist force C-60 would complete 25 years of operations next year and the government plans to celebrate the event.
"We provide the best weapons to them as per availability. The government will purchase light weight polymer-made bulletproof jackets to police personnel," he said.