Monday, August 07, 2023

BSF D-G warns CAPFs, IB of stopping air courier service on routes with low utilisation

New Delhi: The Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF) has warned all the Central Armed Police Force (CAPFs), Intelligence Bureau (IB) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) that if the utilisation of seats on any routes of the Air Courier Service remains below 60 percent continuously for the next three months, the service on such routes may be stopped.

The warning has been issued after it was noticed that the percentage of utilisation of allocated seats of the air courier service for CAPFs personnel have been very low for the last three months.

The order was issued on August 2 from the office of DG (BSF) by Deputy Inspector-General (admin) S A Shrivastava to all the nodal officers of Air Courier Service in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Assam Rifles, National Security Guard (NSG), NDRF and IB.

The air courier services for CAPF have been running since July 2010. Currently, InterGlobe Aviation Limited (Indigo) is operating the air courier service on all approved routes after Air India was taken over by Tata. Till last year, it was restricted to Jammu & Kashmir, North East and West Bengal. Last year, the government operationalised air courier services for CAPFs from Maoist-affected areas of Chhattisgarh as well and a new service started, which runs from Delhi to Raipur and Jagdalpur.

“Air courier service helps personnel posted in remote or conflict zones to travel to the mainland with ease and without danger. Following the 2019 Pulwama terror attack, the Ministry of Home Affairs had authorised free air travel – on the Delhi-Srinagar, Srinagar-Delhi, Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Jammu routes – for all rank and file of CAPFs through air couriers,” an official said.

07/08/2023 Mahender Singh Manral/Indian Express

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