Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Airport security: A safety check for better co-ordination

Ministry of Civil Aviation’s proposal for a dedicated security force called the Civil Aviation Security Force for manning the security at India’s airports has been given a quiet burial. As a result, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is expected to continue as the sole dedicated airport security force. The civil aviation ministry and the Ministry of Home Affairs are, instead, working on a better co-ordination mechanism to improve security at the Indian airports, ministry officials said.
The Ministry of Home Affairs, the administrative ministry of the CISF, had strongly voiced its opposition to creation of another dedicated force when the CISF’s Aviation Security Group was already manning airport security at a majority of the country’s airports.
Now, on the proposal for floating the proposed Civil Aviation Force, the aviation ministry too has veered around to the view that the core competency of the Ministry of Civil Aviation or the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is not to raise a force and run a security agency.
10/02/16 Sunny Verma/Indian Express
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