To meet the demand for training persons selected to serve in the state police force, the government has announced the setting up of two new police training centres.
One of these will be in Home Minister R.R. Patil’s constituency Tasgaon in Sangli The other one will be set up in Dhule.
The Cabinet, on Wednesday, sanctioned Rs 50 crore for the construction of two police training schools. The government sanctioned a sum of Rs 46.4 crore for the construction of the training school in Tasgaon and Rs 2.34 crore for equipment. The Dhule training school will be built at a cost of Rs 1.2 crore. The state had, in 2006, planned to recruit 55,105 policemen in five stages and has recruited 43,612 so far.
Those selected have to undergo a nine-month training programme. The state’s eight police training centres, each with a capacity of 4,000 trainees, are not equipped to train large batches. The Cabinet also decided to increase taxes on vehicles that run on special permits. These include buses used by driving schools and vehicles from other states (see box).