Airport security systems is upgrade in view of a heightened threat of terror attacks, the home ministry and civil aviation ministry on Thursday brainstormed on deploying CISF, which now handles security of 59 airports, at all of the country’s 98 airports, in a phased manner.
A high-level meeting, chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, discussed the issue but no decision has been taken on it, sources privy to the deliberations said.
The need to prepare CISF for a larger role in airport security by augmenting its manpower and technological advancements was stressed. Others present during the deliberations included MoS (home) Kiren Rijiju and Hansraj Ahir, MoS (civil aviation) Jayant Sinha, home and civil aviation secretaries, CISF DG O P Singh and chiefs of director general of civil aviation (DGCA) and bureau of civil aviation security (BCAS).
According to a report, the ministry of civil aviation proposed in the meeting that securing airports was a sovereign function and thus, the government should bear the cost.
The other stakeholder in the debate, the ministry of home affairs, was in partial agreement with it. The debate is part of the plan for complete overhaul of airport security in the country.
“Yes, we agree that airport security is a sovereign function, but we would like some part of the airport security expenditure to be shared by passengers and airport operators,” said a senior government official.
He added that no final decision was taken on the issue.
At Thursday’s meeting, the civil aviation ministry sought a policy to handle drones, expedited security clearances from the home ministry and security measures that also ensure passenger convenience.