Ashok Leyland, the flagship Company of the Hinduja Group and India’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer delivered 150 trucks and buses to the Tanzania Police Force. The vehicles were handed over by H.E. Binaya S. Pradhan, Indian High Commissioner, Tanzania and Amandeep Singh, President, Ashok Leyland to the Ministry of Home Affairs at the Police Head Quarters, Dar Es Salaam.
On behalf of the Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Home Affairs– Jumanne Abdallah Sagini, received the vehicles in the presence of other delegates present from the police force.
The supplies are a part of contract signed between Ashok Leyland and the Ministry of Home Affairs, Tanzania, and financed through a long term soft loan extended by Export Import Bank of India, Government of India. The vehicles delivered included Police Staff Buses, 4X4 Police Troop Carriers, Ambulances, Recovery trucks and other logistic vehicles for Police support services.
The Deputy Minister, Jumanne Abdallah Sagini thanked the Indian government and Ashok Leyland for delivering the vehicles to Tanzanian Police Force and said “India has always been a valuable partner in the growth of Tanzania, and we will continue working together for the mutual benefit of the two countries.”
Speaking on this occasion, Pradhan noted, “India and Tanzania are two of the oldest friends with over 60 years of association. Tanzania is India’s biggest development partner in the African continent, with more than $ 1.1 Bn of line of credit, and a duty-free trade scheme encouraging trade between the countries.”
Amandeep Singh said, “It reflects our commitment to support Government of Tanzania and we deeply value our long-standing relation. These 150 vehicles will get added to the 475 Ashok Leyland vehicles which are already in operation with the Tanzanian Police Force across the country”. He also praised the Tanzanian government for their trust in Ashok Leyland as logistic partners, and wished to strengthen the partnership.
The Tanzania Police Force currently has a fleet of 625 Ashok Leyland vehicles and further vehicles are planned for delivery in the coming months. This is expected to boost the overall efficiency of the Police Force thereby ensuring safety and security of the public all over the country.
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