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Govt may create new Aviation Security Force news
17 October 2011

New Delhi: The government will likely consider creating a dedicated Aviation Security Force (ASF) in view of increasing terror threats to airports and other aviation infrastructure. The proposal is part of a series of recommendations made by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a UN-body,.

The proposals are part of an effort to restructure the aviation security system, including the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), official sources said.

ICAO proposals are made after an intensive review of all issues related to aviation security. The review was commissioned by the government last year.

ICAO consultants carried out a special study on restructuring BCAS administration, setting up of a dedicated ASF for airports, design an operational framework for aviation security, striking the right balance between security and passenger facilitation, among other things.

The ICAO review committee recently submitted its report to the ministry for civil aviation and its recommendations will come up for consideration soon, sources said.

Currently, security responsibilities are being shouldered by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). Under the administrative command of the ministry of home affairs, the CISF, however, is guided in its tasks by the BCAS.

This bifurcated jurisdiction, at times, creates functional problems, sources said.

In January, a ICAO team conducted a security audit of India's aviation sector under the Universal Security Audit Programme and found India to be "one among the top few countries which have complied with all the global standards in aviation security in the aviation industry today".

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