Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh Reviews Aviation Security Systems

Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh today reviewed the aviation security systems in place at Indian airports and aviation infrastructures and expressed satisfaction that these have proved to be an effective deterrent to all kinds of threat.

Singh, who appreciated the role of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) in meeting the security standards, also released a special commemorative stamp to mark the silver jubilee of BCAS at a ceremony here.

The minister expressed satisfaction that the security systems were acting as an "effective deterrent" towards the threats, an official statement said.

He said the BCAS had taken "laudable steps to ensure security of passengers on board, aircraft and airport infrastructure."

Speaking on the occasion, BCAS chief G S Malhi said the organisation, during its 25 years of existence, had drawn lessons from incidents in India and abroad, like Kanishka bombing in 1985, the Kandahar hijack of 1999 and the suicide bombing at Moscow airport last year, and used them to create a robust security system in the country.

He said the BCAS had also equipped stakeholders, like the CISF and airport operators, with cutting-edge technology, skill enhancement of personnel, training in use of advanced technology and acquisition of security equipment.

Malhi said the rapid growth of civil aviation was likely to push India from 9th to 3rd position in the world in terms of volume of traffic, which necessitated a very strong security system, according to the statement.

He said the BCAS had identified and was addressing specific challenges like identification of dangerous objects, difficulties in differentiating between harmful and harmless organic objects and detection of liquid aerosol gel.

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