Monday, October 08, 2018

CISF plans to reduce cost of securing airports by 15%

A plan by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which guards key airports in the country, to reduce manpower from non-core areas at airports is estimated to reduce the annual cost of securing these airports by over 15% - a move that will be welcomed by all airport operators.
CISF Director General Rajesh Ranjan today announced that they have shared a plan to remove CISF personnel from non-core areas at airports with the home and civil aviation ministries.
“There are about 10 non-core areas like cargo gates, lift points, where CISF personnel are not required. We have shared a plan with these ministries that will reduce the total number of personnel at our airports by 3,000,” Ranjan said at a press meet.
Ranjan added that the force has about 19,700 personnel at 60 airports in the country and a reduction of 3,000 personnel would see a substantial reduction in cost of securing these airports and also free up the force that can be used to secure other airports.
The force’s Additional Director General for airport sector M A Ganapathy added that the cost of one CISF personnel involved in airport security comes to around 70,000 per month. “A reduction of 3,000 personnel would mean that much reduction in cost,” he said.
08/10/18 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times

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