Announcing that the State Government would be constructing a smart township of roughly 8000 houses for police personnel at Ghatkopar with all the amenities under one township, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the Government would also announce a new scheme to build 25000 to 30000 ownership houses for police personnel and officials in Mumbai and elsewhere on Wednesday.
Speaking to media persons after inaugurating health check-up camps for a 1000 police personnel and officers at Naigaon Police Housing Complex, the Chief Minister said that it would be the first smart township for police personnel in the country. While speaking at the inauguration he also said that in addition to providing amenities like schools and hospitals, the smart township would also provide for skill development training facilities for children and women so that they can be self-employed.
Over the past decade, police housing, has sadly been neglected, but Fadnavis promises that the Government is now undertaking various programs for building better houses for the police department. He said that once a policeman retires there is a huge question-mark of his housing arrangement especially in a city like Mumbai, that has high real estate prices. He said that during a policeman’s service tenure, his family stays in Government accommodation. However, when he retires, he cannot afford to purchase a house in Mumbai which makes life difficult for him and his family post retirement.
Every retired police personnel will also be included in the Mahatma Phule health scheme said Fadnavis. The scheme will come into effect from November 20, 2016. The scheme will enable retired police personnel and their family members to avail diagnosis and treatment of 1200 diseases and ailments at any of the 700 select hospitals in the state.