Saturday, December 02, 2017

State police to stand guard at Airports under UDAN scheme

New Delhi: The aviation ministry has chosen state police over the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to provide security cover at the airports that come under the regional connectivity scheme ‘Ude desh ka aam naagrik’ (Udan).
In the first phase of Udan, 36 airports across the country will be made operational for civilian flights. Three of these airports are currently being used by the military.

The decision comes even as the CISF, which is entrusted with providing security at 59 of the 98 operational airports in the country, has proposed a cost-effective module to protect these regional airports, a senior aviation ministry official said, requesting anonymity.

State police and other paramilitary forces provide security at the other 40 operational airports. “The Central Industrial Security Force, which has expertise in aviation security, will monitor these airports as well as train personnel who will be manning these airports,” the official said. In a report to the ministries of aviation and home, the CISF had proposed airport-based models for security.
02/12/17 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times