The country’s top aviation security body Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has carried out 91 security audits and 53 security inspections of operational airports in the country, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
“BCAS has conducted 91 security audits and 53 security inspections of operational airports within the country,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said in written reply to a question whether the government had ordered a security audit of 98 civil airports in the country.
At present, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel are deployed at 59 airports and at remaining airports, policemen of the state concerned are deployed for security arrangements, he said in reply to another question.
“The requirement of security at airports is reviewed by BCAS, the regulatory authority for civil aviation security in the country, in consultation with other security agencies, and based on this, security cover is provided,” Sinha said in reply to a question whether the government proposes to undertake a thorough overhaul of airport security and extend CISF security cover to all airports in the country.
In his reply to a question on the expenditure incurred on the security personnel, he said, “The expenditure on deployment of CISF and State Police personnel at airports for security arrangements is met out of Passenger Service Fees (Security Component), which includes the recommendation to Ministry of Finance regarding deposition of such fee collections into the Consolidated Fund of India on a monthly basis.