The Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday approved the entitlement of air travel on Delhi-Srinagar, Srinagar-Delhi, Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Jammu sectors to all the personnel of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces.
The spokesman said that decision will immediately benefit approximately 7,80,000 personnel of the CAPFs in the ranks of Constable, Head Constable and ASI who were otherwise not eligible earlier. This includes a journey on duty and journey on leave, i.e; while going on leave from Jammu and Kashmir to home and return.
This facility is in addition to the existing air courier services for CAPFs that have been steadily extended in all sectors by the MHA to help the paramilitary men cut down on travel time during their journey to and from home on leave.
In Jammu and Kashmir Sector, it may be recalled that Air Courier Service for CAPF was approved for the Jammu-Srinagar-Jammu sector.
Subsequently, the Service was extended to cover 1) Delhi-Jammu, 2) Jammu-Srinagar, 3) Srinagar-Jammu and 4) Jammu-Delhi sector in Dec 2017. The number of flights was further extended in Dec 2018. In addition, air support is provided from IAF as and when required.
Earlier, the former DGP Kashmir, Shesh Pual Vaid had suggested that its safer and less time consuming to airlift the security men proceeding on leave from Srinagar to Delhi and back.