ICAO helping upgrade airport security: Minister

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 05, 2012 20:06 hrs

Indian Minister of State for Civil Aviation K.C. Venugopal in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha Wednesday said that to strengthen the Civil Aviation Security in the country, the Ministry had engaged a team of experts from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to carry out a detailed study of the existing security system at the airports and suggest measures to improve the same.

The ICAO study report, accepted by the government suggested establishing a dedicated Aviation Security Force (ASF) under the command and control of the Ministry of Civil Aviation which is supposed to be completely integrated with the aviation industry, in line with the practices across the world, Venugopal informed.

"To pursue the matter further, a subgroup was constituted by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to examine the recommendations of the ICAO study report on the creation of a dedicated specialized ASF."

This subgroup has also recommended constitution of a dedicated, specialized ASF under the command and control of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, he said.

Further, necessary action has been initiated to approach the Cabinet Committee on Security for seeking its approval.

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