Monday, September 05, 2022

'Modi govt playing with security of airports': Congress slams Centre's decision to abolish 3000 CISF posts

New Delhi: A day after the Centre abolished more than 3,000 CISF posts at airports, Congress on Monday attacked the Narendra Modi-led government saying it is "playing with" the security of Indian airports.

As per a government notification, the vacant posts will be taken over by private security personnel who will render non-sensitive duties with the help of smart technology tools for surveillance and protection.

Hitting out at the Centre, Congress tweeted, "The Modi government has abolished more than 3,000 CISF posts, playing with the security at the airports. It has been decided to deploy private security guards in their place."

"Actions in the name of cutting down on security expenses cannot be tolerated," the party tweeted in Hindi.

It should be noted that the blueprint prepared by Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), the aviation security regulator, abolishes a total of 3,049 CISF aviation security posts to be replaced by 1,924 private security personnel and a parallel introduction of smart surveillance technology like CCTV cameras and baggage scanners.

The private security personnel are being deployed at airports like in Delhi, Mumbai and others for non-sensitive duties like queue management, security assistance to airlines staff and passengers, and manning of certain entry and exit points within the terminal area, a second officer said.

The CISF will continue to render its core task of checking passenger credentials at entry, frisking of passengers, anti-sabotage drills, secondary ladder point checks and providing an over all counter-terrorist cover to the airports on the city and air side, he said.

05/09/22 Times Now

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