New Delhi. The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has reiterated its commitment to building a strong and effective architecture for aviation security in the country.
Rajiv Nayan Choubey, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, has emphasised that this security architecture should co-opt all players active in the various civil aviation operations and should have a strong audit oversight.
Mr Choubey was speaking at the 29th anniversary celebrations of the Bureau in New Delhi April 1. The Civil Aviation Secretary also underlined the need for striking a balance between the imperatives of growth and those of aviation security and said that the two cannot work in isolation.
Referring to the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s plans to bring flying to the common man by building regional connectivity through unused and under-used airports, Mr Choubey said that ensuring aviation security would be an even bigger challenge in such a scenario.
He said that stress would be on building cost effective, aircraft-centric security rather than airport-centric security. The Secretary also stressed on the need for rapidly developing technology so that “we can stay ahead of disruptive elements with regard to its use”.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr BB Dash, Joint Commissioner of Security, BCAS informed that India is now globally at the forefront in aviation security. Under the Universal Security Audit Program, International Civil Aviation Orgnisation (ICAO) conducts audit of different member countries every four years. The world average for the three parameters used, (i) Effective implementation of eight Critical Elements, (ii) Average compliance with Annex 17 standards and (iii) Protocol Question indicator stands in the range of 66 – 70 per cent. In the recently concluded ICAO audit of Indian aviation security from October 5 to 9, the above parameters stand at 99.23 per cent, 99.59 per cent and 98.95 per cent respectively. In a detailed presentation Mr Dash also talked about various kinds of threats and the challenges that the aviation security agencies are facing today.
RN Ravi, Chairman, Joint Intelligence Committee spoke about the need for building synergy between security efforts being undertaken at various levels.