• Plans for specialised forces for civil aviation, airports junked

    Government’s plan to raise specialized force for guarding the civil aviation sector has been shelved, even as the global civil aviation body, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) had recommended India to put up an effective safety mechanism and specialized security force in the wake of terror attacks and suicidal bombings at major international airports globally.

    Interestingly, ICAO is visiting India in March 2017 to ascertain India’s safety preparedness at airports.

    ICAO’s role assumes significance given the fact that the US Federal Aviation Administration (USFAA) had downgraded India’s civil aviation sector for 15 months – between January 2014 and March 2015 – over safety oversight, based on ICAO’s feedback and recommendations.
    However, a high level meeting of the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) authorities held recently to ascertain security preparedness at airports especially keeping in view ICAO’s team has junked the idea of having a specialized police force for civil aviation and airports.

    Instead, it has decided that more men from Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), a paramilitary force, would be drawn and make them better equipped to ensure further security upgrade at airports. Terrelle Pryor Sr. Authentic Jersey

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