Monday, June 15, 2020

MHA sanction CISF security at Surat airport

Surat: The long pending demand for the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) deployment at the Surat international airport has been sanctioned by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
In its letter to the Surat airport authorities on June 10, the MHA has sanctioned the post of about 360 CISF personnel from the rank of inspectors to constables to be deployed for the security of the Surat international airport.
At present, the airport is connected with major cities including Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Delhi, Goa, Bhubaneshwar etc. Before lockdown, there were 20 flight movements from the airport per day carrying over 1.50 lakh passengers per month.

Despite increase in the passenger traffic, the airport lacked adequate security arrangement. Even the state police deployment is short of staff. Against the required strength of 114 personnel, only 95 cops from the city and state reserve police are stationed at the airport.

It was in March-2019 that the BCAS had given an in-principle approval for the CISF deployment at Surat airport.

In a letter (a copy of which is with TOI), the MHA has stated that the airport authority will provide accommodation to the CISF personnel at the rate of 45% family accommodation and 55% barrack accommodation for the rank from inspector to constable within the period of three months.
Further, the CISF will sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) approved by MHA with the concerned airport management within 15 days of the issue of the sanction order.
15/06/20 Times of India
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