Saturday, December 26, 2015

House Panel Dismisses Idea of Aviation Force, Bats for CISF Cover for All Airports

NEW DELHI: A proposal for a dedicated civil aviation security force to look after security affairs of the airports has been dismissed by a Parliamentary Standing Committee, but it has strongly suggested an aviation security policy for ensuring fool-proof security at airports.

Arguing against a dedicated security force, it said multiple agencies were already engaged in airport security and were playing a substantial role in this respect. But it stressed the urgent need for having an aviation security policy as there are “several gaps” in the absence of a unified command and control among the multiple agencies involved.

It observed that aviation security has not received the attention and importance that it deserved. The Standing Committee on Transport has strongly suggested bringing all the 70 airports in the country under the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

Dismissing the special security force proposal, the committee also felt that airport security should continue to be managed by the CISF, the IB, NSG and other police forces. The commissioner’s post of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, lying vacant for the last two-and-a-half years, should be filled up on a priority basis, it recommended.
26/12/15 The New Indian Express
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