NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) on Tuesday celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security’s inception, by ear-marking a stamp in agreement with the Department of Posts.
On the occasion, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh also reviewed the Aviation Security systems in the country.
According to BCAS Commissioner Gurjot Singh Malhi, the Bureau had strived to equip stakeholders responsible for the aviation security in the country with cutting-edge technology, skill enhancement of security personnel, training in the use of advanced technology and acquisition of security equipment to ensure the challenges arising out of the exponential growth of civil aviation industry. Malhi mentioned that the Bureau had identified challenges like identification of dangerous objects, difficulties in differentiating between harmful and harmless organic objects and detection of liquid aerosol gel to address them in right earnest. It also endeavoured to make available the latest technology in the world to ensure civil aviation security.
Malhi said that the BCAS had drawn a lesson from incidents in India and abroad like the 1985 Kanishka tragedy, the 1999 hijacking of Indian Airlines IC-814 flight to Kandahar and the 2011 suicide strike on the Moscow airport. And the experience arising out of these would be used for creating a robust security system in the country.
Nasim Zaidi, Secretary, MoCA, CISF chief Rajiv and V P Agarwal, Chairman, Airports Authority of India AAI were also present.