Kumar Rajesh Chandra appointed as Chief of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security
Senior IPS officer Kumar Rajesh Chandra was appointed as Chief of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), the aviation security wing of the Government.
His appointment was cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He has been appointed in place of IPS officer G S Malhi, who had completed his tenure as BCAS chief in November 2012. Since then crucial post was lying vacant.
Kumar Rajesh Chandra is IPS officer of a 1985 batch of Bihar cadre. Prior to this appointment, Chandra was working as Additional Director General (Modernisation) of Bihar Police.
About Bureau of Civil Aviation Security
- BCAS is a nodal independent agency of the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation for civil aviation security.
- It was established as in January 1978 as a department of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) based on the recommendation of Pande Committee.
- Later in April 1987, BCAS became an independent agency of the Ministry of Civil Aviation as a result of the bombing of Air India Flight 182 (Kanishka) in 1985 by the Sikh militant group Babbar Khalsa.
- BCAS’s main function is to lay down standards and measures in respect of security of civil flights at domestic and international airports in India.