Tuesday, December 22, 2009

MHA sanctions sun screen lotions for jawans posted above 6000 ft

Posted: Dec 22, 2009 at 1428 hrs IST
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New Delhi The Ministry of Home Affairs has sanctioned sun screen lotions for paramilitary personnel posted above the height of 6000 ft and have to face severe heat and ultraviolet rays while on duty.
In an order dated December 10, MHA has said that all paramilitary personnel posted at a height of 6000 ft above sea level will now be entitled to sun screen lotions, with Indo Tibetan Border Police being made the nodal agency for framing rules and distribution of the lotions for the time being.

Sources said the paramilitary forces had for long been demanding such lotions.

The ITBP jawans who are posted along the Sino India border at a height of 18000 ft above sea level have to face serious burns because of the strong UV rays at such heights.

At times the top layer of the skin also peels off from several parts of the body because of the heat.

Sources said a medical team would be constituted to determine the right level of SPF content needed in sun screen lotions to provide the best protection. The higher the SPF level, the better is it.

Heavy exposure to heat also results is early ageing with wrinkles coming on the face earlier than expected. Sources said while almost all paramilitary personnel would like to get sun screen lotions, the minimum height of posting will make the ITBP most beneficial, besides some of the BSF and SSB men.

Paramilitary personnel posted in anti-naxal operations are unlikely to meet the criteria as they work in ares which are below such high sea levels.

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