New Delhi :The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday clarified that air courier services for Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel to Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast have not been suspended. The services are operational since July 2010.

“Privatization of Air India resulted in slight delay in finalization of tenders by Border Security Force. MHA has already approved the tender for continuation of services by Air India and for 2022-23. has also been finalized,” the home ministry said.

“The dues for air travel will also be paid as per rules,” he added.

The MHA’s clarification comes after the Congress party criticized the government for “suspension” of air courier services provided to CAPF personnel for the Delhi-Srinagar, Jammu-Srinagar routes and some places in the Northeast.

The Border Security Force (BSF), which is the coordinating agency for air courier services, had said in a letter that the air courier contract with Air India had expired on March 31, 2022 and a fresh tender was floated for 2022-23. But for the privatization of the outstanding Air India, the decision on the process was delayed.

It was also mentioned that during this period, during the tender process, CAPF personnel can travel to Jammu and Kashmir, or Northeast, on Air India flights, and they can get reimbursement of airfare from their department.