New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the promotional proposal for grant of organised group 'A' service (OGAS) to Group 'A' executive cadre officers of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) or paramilitary forces.

The Cabinet also gave the nod for the extension of benefit of Non-Functional Financial Upgradation (NFFU) and Non-Functional Selection Grade (NFSG) to the group A service officers of these paramilitary forces, said Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.

The decision will benefit around 1,200 such officers, he said while addressing a press conference after a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Minister said that the benefit would be availed by the group 'A' officers of the Central Reserve Police Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force, Border Security Force, Central Industrial Security Force and the Sashastra Seema Bal.

"It was the long pending demand of these paramilitary forces. Their officers of Group A service were not availing the benefits so far. It will also improve their financial as well as cadre status," Javadekar added.

This would result in grant of NFFU to eligible group 'A' executive cadre officers of paramilitary forces, and the decision would also benefit group 'A' executive cadre officers of these forces for availing the benefit of NFSG at an enhanced rate of 30 per cent as per guidelines.

Several writ petitions were filed in Delhi High Court by group 'A' executive cadre officers of paramilitary forces for grant of OGAS status and consequential benefits of NFFU and NFSG.

Delhi High Court in its order dated September 3, 2015 and December 15, 2015 treated the group 'A' executive cadre officers of paramilitary force as belonging to OGAS and directed for granting NFFU and NFSG to them.

A Home Ministry statement said that special leave petitions filed by the Union of India and others against the orders of Delhi High Court were dismissed by the Supreme Court on February 5 this year.

"It upheld the judgement and orders of Delhi High Court for grant of NFFU and NFSG to group 'A' executive cadre officers of the paramilitary forces," the statement added.