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Increase PSF on domestic air travellers by Rs 20 to clear CISF dues: Govt panel

New Delhi: A government panel has recommended that the passenger service fee (PSF) levied on domestic flyers should be increased by Rs 20 in order to generate more revenue for clearing pending security dues worth crores of rupees, the CISF said on Thursday.

CISF Director General (DG) Rajesh Ranjan, while interacting with reporters during the annual press conference, said the "PSF issue is at an fairly advanced stage and we hope to see some decision in that regard very soon".

The DG said around 56 airports -- six in the private joint venture domain and the rest operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) -- in the country have "outstanding" dues for taking the services of the force to guard their civil airport facilities.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), a paramilitary force under the Union Home Ministry, is tasked with guarding 61 airports of the country at present and the government has said in the past that all the about 100 airports of the country will be gradually brought under its anti-terror armed cover soon.

The force has deployed about 35,000 personnel to guard these airports as part of its Aviation Security Group (ASG). "It is heartening thing that it (dues) is now in the process of being cleared up. There was a point where it was kind of a standstill, but now they have started clearing up.

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