The Civil Aviation Ministry has asked CISF (that guards the civil airports of the country) not to raise any operational issues regarding the sensitive Delhi airport directly with the operator DIAL, but to route them through BCAS, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security. BCAS functions under the Civil Aviation Ministry and lays down standards & measures in respect of security of civil fights at the domestic as well as international airports in India.
At a recent meeting the officials have said to review some of the issues raised by a parliamentary panel after a visit to the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). The Ministry also suggested that all the issues related to the operational requirements of CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) should be routed through BCAS and shouldn’t be taken up directly with the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL). The officials also said that there have been certain instances in the past, when CISF and the airport operators could not come to a common agreement on issues such as grant of equipment to the security personnel and also the new arrangement will put the whole onus on BCAS to decide either of the ways within a specific time limit. Thus the issue comes in the wake of serious threat perception regarding the Delhi airport.
Also during the meeting, officials have said that the Ministry asked CISF to sign a MoU with the airport operators all across the country as it does while being deployed in any other sector. On the other hand CISF officials were surprised as they normally don’t need permission from BCAS or the airport operator while deciding the number of weapons that have to be deployed at the airport. As per the current norms the equipment is supplied by the operator in case of airports running under public private partnership model.
Ministry has suggested that DIAL and CISF must sort out this issue regarding the authorisation of weapons and equipment that are required by the security force for securing the airports from terrorists and sabotage acts. The Ministry also directed BCAS for finalising the authorisation in this regard as soon as possible. DIAL also said at the meeting that they have made arrangements for the accommodation needs of around 2000 CISF personnel out of approximately 5000 men and women who are deployed to secure the Indira Gandhi International Airport and it will be handed over to the force very soon. The CISF functions under the Union Home Ministry and currently secures 59 civil airports of the country.