Thursday, February 15, 2018

Ex-servicemen to man immigration counters at Chennai airport

Chennai: For the first time immigration screening may be done by contract workers at the city airport as Intelligence Bureau (IB) has roped in ex-servicemen for the purpose to tide over the staff shortage.
Around 30 to 40 ex-servicemen have been inducted and are being trained.
Personnel who are directly recruited into the IB and policemen deputed from different state police force man the immigration counters and screen passport and other documents. These officers are considered as the final gatekeepers and have the final say in allowing a foreigner into the country.
Retired immigration officers are of the view that handing over such a sensitive duty to retired paramilitary personnel may not be a good step as they may not have the set of skills acquired by the IB officials.
The move to recruit ex-servicemen comes after there have been complaints from passengers of long queues at immigration counters at the international terminal. Though AAI has been requesting for more personnel to man the counters, the immigration wing was not able to allot people.
The Union ministry approved the plan to bring in retired personnel from the forces on contract in November last year.
Airport sources said “Around 30 to 40 staff are needed to staff the counters. These are young people who have many years of service left. They have been selected after an interview and extensive training is being given.”
15/02/18 Times of India