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Air courier services for CAPF not suspended: Govt

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New Delhi: The Air courier services for Central Armed Police Force personnel have not been suspended, a government spokesman said Friday.
He said that the services are running since July, 2010 however, the privatization of Air India resulted in a slight delay in the finalization of tenders by the Border Security Force.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has already granted approval for continuation of services by Air India, the spokesman said, adding that the tender has also been finalized and orders are under issue.
“The amount due on account of air travel would also be paid as per rules,” he added.
The government’s response came after Congress demanded immediate restoration of air transit services for armed forces personnel and sought an apology from the government for “risking” the lives of soldiers.
In a statement, Congress general secretary and chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the country lost 44 of its brave soldiers of the CRPF in the Pulwama terror attack in Kashmir on February 14, 2019 due to the suspension of the same air courier service.
The home ministry, however, said the service for police force personnel has not been suspended.


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