Wednesday, December 06, 2006

No compromise with airlines security: Praful Patel

New Delhi: The Government said in Parliament on Tuesday that there would be no compromise with the safety and security of airline operations in the country.
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel gave the assurance after members, including Sitaram Yechury (CPI- M) and Mabel Rebello (Congress), highlighted the "security concerns" arising out of entrusting a foreigner with the security of a section of the Delhi airport.
Mr. Yechury expressed concern over assigning to a Greek the task of security (given to a private company modernising the airport). Mr. Patel said there were foreign pilots working for domestic carriers.
When Mr. Yechury said flying planes and handing over security to a foreigner were different issues, Mr. Patel assured that security remained a sovereign function of the Government of India.
To Ms. Rebello's said there were frequent technical defects, Mr. Patel said every aircraft was subject to strict safety tests.
06/12/06 The Hindu