Bureau of Civil Aviation Security Current Affairs - 2019

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Home Ministry set to take over Bureau of Civil Aviation Security

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is set to move a proposal before Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) for taking over Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).

BCAS, currently under the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) is responsible for laying down standards, policies and measures with regard to security of all commercial flights. Multiple security agencies working at airports, including immigration officials, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) security personnel, local police and Intelligence Bureau (IB) are bound by regulations passed by BCAS.

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The decision is based on security audit conducted by team of experts from MHA, IB, CISF and BCAS which had recommended change. Once CCS gives its approval, CISF will assume larger role in airport security. The new set-up will help in better coordination and monitoring, since CISF, IB and state intelligence all report to MHA.

It will also speed up issue of security clearances for airlines and airports as in the past, there have been inordinate delays in granting clearances due to differences between MHA and MoCA on grounds that airlines and airports have not complied with  norms despite guidelines. The move may also result in increase in passenger security fee since CISF will be deployed at all 98 airports across country.

Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS)

It was set up as a cell in Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in 1978, after an Indian Airlines flight was hijacked in September 1976. BCAS was reorganised as an independent department under MoCA in April 1987, as follow-up to Kanishka bombing in June 1985. It is currently headed by a commissioner of security.

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.