Centre’s transport sops for paramilitary troopers, soldiers


Agartala : The union home ministry has launched a free aircraft service to ferry the central paramilitary troopers and soldiers to Kolkata from different northeastern states, a senior official said here Friday.

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“The central paramilitary troopers posted in different parts of the northeastern states would be able to go up to Kolkata by this aircraft from the capital cities of seven northeastern states,” a Tripura government official told IANS.

“The journey by this aircraft from the capital cities of northeastern states to Kolkata would be free of cost,” the official said adding that the new system was launched last week.

According to the official, the flight would operate six days in a week.

A large number of central paramilitary force (CPMF) personnel belonging to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Assam Rifles, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), National Security Guard (NSG), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Commando Battalions for Resolute Action (CoBRA) have been posted in different parts of northeast India.

“These CPMF personnel belong to different places and states across the country. Due to transport problems, these jawans have to sacrifice many days in transit to go to their homes or any destinations during leave period or any official postings,” the official said.

“Army soldiers are also entitled to use this facility.”

“Considering the transport difficulties, the centre has introduced the new system exclusively for the CPMF troopers and army soldiers. From Kolkata they may go to their destinations by train or any other mode of transportation,” the official said.