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1,100 more CISF personnel deployed for security upgrade of 10 airports

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Over 1,100 CISF personnel have been additionally deployed at 10 select airports in the country as part of bolstering their anti-terror security grid and upgrading of manpower for better passenger services, a senior said today.

As per records accessed by PTI, 10 civil airports in the cities of Chennai, Patna, Bagdogra, Trivandrum, Vishakhapatnam, Jaipur, Goa, Aurangabad, and have been provided with a total 0f 1,172 additional CISF personnel over the last few months.

"The fresh manpower, over the existing security deployment, has been made as these airports are witnessing growing passenger traffic and increase in the number of flights.

"The increase in CISF numbers was required to ensure that the anti-terror and counter-sabotage grid is intact and passengers are able to board their flights quickly with the least time taken for frisking and cabin baggage inspection," a senior said.

He said larger airports like those in Delhi, and apart from few others have also been accorded the upgrade sometime back, owing to the same requirements.

Manpower upgrade at these 10 airports has been made after a few years and it is expected that it will meet the growing requirements of these facilities for quite some time, he said.

The CISF has also decided to upgrade the level of its commanders, called (CASO), at the Chennai, and airports from the present rank of senior Commandants to (DIG).

"The rank of the CASO is being enhanced as the number of personnel and operations at these large airports has grown phenomenally. and airports are already headed by a of the force," he said.

The is tasked to guard 60 civil airports in India, the latest being Shridi where the force was inducted for full security duties last week.

It will soon take over the yet-to-be operational in as the Union home ministry had last month cleared deployment of 600 CISF personnel for the task.

This will be followed by the force taking over the airports in Vijaywada (Andhra Pradesh), Jamnagar (Gujarat) and (Madhya Pradesh) in the first go.

The government had recently made it clear that all airports, about 98 in total, in the country will be gradually brought under the security umbrella of the CISF.

The Union home ministry had also recently prepared a comprehensive cabinet note, for the (CCS), so that all airports are brought under the cover of the 1969-raised paramilitary force.

The note is expected to be taken up at the next CCS meeting, the said.

Of the 98 functional airports in the country at present, 60 are under the armed security cover of the CISF, leaving out 38.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 15:45 IST