New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has approved air travel on Delhi-Srinagar, Srinagar-Delhi, Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Jammu routes for all the personnel of the Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF), which includes the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
The Ministry of Home Affairs has 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.
— गृहमंत्री कार्यालय, HMO India (@HMOIndia) February 21, 2019
Previously, only officers were given air travel on these sectors. The air travel is meant for times when personnel go on or return from leave.
The decision will benefit around 780,000 personnel of the CAPFs in the ranks of constable, head constable and assistant sub inspector, who were otherwise not eligible to travel by air earlier.
The big rule change comes following February 14’s Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred.
The new order implemented is in addition to the existing air courier services for CAPFs that have been steadily extended in all sectors by the home ministry to help the jawans cut down on travel time during their journey to and fro from home on leave.
In addition, air support is provided from the Indian Air Force (IAF) as and when required.