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NEW DELHI: Police and paramilitary personnel in Uttar Pradesh will soon be able to buy goods at lower rates from the Central Police Canteen (CPC) as the state government has agreed to the Centre's demand to exempt items in these stores from the Value Added Tax(VAT).
The decision will benefit all those personnel of Central Reserve Police Force, Central Industrial Security Force, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), CBI, National Investigation Agency (NIA) and other central police organization who are currently posted/deployed in different parts of UP.
Welcoming the move, Union minister of state for home affairs R P N Singh on Wednesday tweeted, "Grateful to UP government for abolishing VAT at all paramilitary canteens. (I) had met the chief minister personally for this. (It) will help our jawans & their families".
Prices of various items being sold at the stores run by the central paramilitary forces will significantly come down as on some goods the VAT is as high as 20%.
The home ministry had written to all the states in 2011 to withdraw the VAT on items being sold at CPC outlets. So far, nine states, including Haryana and the National Capital Territory of Delhi, have withdrawn it, benefitting lakhs of central paramilitary personnel.
There are 38 CPC outlets in Delhi. Such an exemption has been available for the Army, the Navy and the Air Force personnel in military canteens here and other parts of the country for long.