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Pulwama attack fallout: Centre announces free air travel for paramilitary forces to Kashmir

Army pass through near the encounter site were militants holdup inside Delhi Public School at Pantha Chowk , on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on the outskirts of City of Srinagar on Sunday after militants attack yesterday at CRPF Vehicle were Sub Inspector Sahib Shukla of CRPF killed while two others injured in militants yesterday’s attack. PHOTO BY BILAL BAHADUR

New Delhi, Feb 21: Personnel of CRPF and other paramilitary forces deployed in the Kashmir Valley will now be able to take a commercial flight to join duty or while going on leave as the government Thursday issued authorisation orders, in the wake of the killing of 40 jawans in a deadly attack on their convoy in Pulwama.
The Ministry of Home Affairs issued an order saying it “has approved the entitlement of air travel on Delhi-Srinagar, Srinagar-Delhi, Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Jammu sectors to all the personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs)”.
It said the decision will immediately benefit approximately 7.8 lakh paramilitary personnel of the ranks of constable, head constable and assistant sub-inspector who were otherwise not eligible earlier.
“This includes journey on duty and journey on leave, ie while going on leave from J-K to home and return,” it said.
The facility, it said, is “in addition” to the existing air courier services for CAPFs where an entire aircraft is booked for the force personnel from either Delhi or Jammu to Srinagar and back.
A senior official said jawans and sub-officers, the ranks who were killed in the February 14 suicide attack in Pulwama in J-K, will now be able to book tickets in commercial flights and claim reimbursement from their organisation or force.