Sunday, September 24, 2017

CISF proposes armed cover against terror threat to UDAN scheme

New Delhi: The ambitious UDAN scheme — the low-cost regional air connectivity network of the government — could soon have an armed security cover in place against possible terror threats as a blue print has been prepared by the aviation security force CISF.
The Director General (DG) of the 1.80-lakh personnel strong paramilitary force, O P Singh, told PTI in an interview that an "economically viable yet strong security proposal" has been prepared by the force and submitted to the Ministry of Civil Aviation for consideration.
The UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Shimla in April this year and the most important factor to keep it running is cheap flight rates for passengers.
"We have given a model (proposal) to the Ministry of Civil Aviation saying you can have a CISF cover in those airports (under UDAN) which are regionally connected and we will give the minimum manpower ranging from 13 to 44 people.
"Such a deployment and security system would be more economical rather than a permanent deployment of the force," the DG told the news agency.
24/09/17 PTI/Times of India