New Delhi, 10.10.2018: The international Aviation Security Seminar 2018, hosted by the CISF in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on Oct, 9th & 10th, 2018 ended on a glittering note at its closing ceremony.
Inaugurated on 9th Morning by the Hon’ble Union Minister for Home Shri Rajnath Singh and attended by a galaxy of international experts, officers and retired officers, the 2 day conference deliberated on all the facets of Aviation security like unprecedented air passenger growth and associated challenges, emerging Air security threats, Anti hijacking and anti terror threats, the national civil aviation security programme, Training up-gradation in aviation security, emerging technologies and finally, cargo security and its challenges, at 7 plenary session chaired by Shri R. N. Choubey, MoCA Secretary, Shri Rajiv Gauba, Home Secretary; Rejinder khanna, Dy national security advisor, Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra, DG, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security; Shri Hareendranath, Director, Indian Aviation Academy; Shri Rajesh Ranjan, DG/CISF and Shri O. P. Dadhich, Principal Commissioner, Customs, respectively.
Having a huge participation of panellists and delegates from international aviation related agencies like ICAO, CAPA, FAA and TSA (Of the USA) and from Indian Govt agencies like Customs, BCAS, MoCA, Immigration, NSG, NIA, AAI and from Airline operators and Airport operators. The Conference threw up many important learnings for the 300 odd delegates and participants over the past 2 days. Many new insights into civil aviation security adopted by countries across the world, were brought forth.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, DG/CISF Sh Rajesh Ranjan summarized the leanings of the 02 days seminar in terms of BASE.
B= Best practices to be adopted and leading to creation of better and safer passenger experience.
A= Assistance of nodal officers to enhance aviation security.
S= Specialised Training needed to keep abreast of latest developments.
E= Evaluation of current gadgets equipments available and their integration.
He said that this BASE will lead to a concrete action plan on the ground in future.
Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Shri Jayant Sinha, said that the government is planning for the next 15 years and the kind of investments which are needed for security and technology up-gradation for the expected one billion air trips from the 200 airports in the country by 2035. He said there were 3 points for consideration:-
- Need for unified command across all airports.
- Use of more technologies like Digi Yatra, Artificial intelligence
- Cost effectiveness of the security solutions .
The Chief Guest of the function Union Minister of Civil Aviation Shri Suresh Prabhu expressed happiness with the way CISF functions in protecting India’s national assets. He wanted 4 things to be done in view of the growing number of passengers.
More safety .
And that the Govt is coming out with a new Air Travel policy to connect 200 Airports across the country. He wanted all stakeholders to coordinate better for achieving this target.