NEW DELHI :
Aviation security watchdog the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) on Friday announced a set of measures to beef up security at airports to prevent transport of unauthorized arms, cash and bullion.
An official statement from the civil aviation ministry said that a detailed BCAS circular meant to strengthen security at airports and to prevent the movement of these items were issued in view of the model code of conduct for the national polls next month.
“With an aim to keep strict vigil over movement of cash through all airports, the Income Tax Department and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will be extended all requisite cooperation for checking and surveillance activities. This will be over and above what CISF is otherwise doing," said the statement.
It also said that BCAS will be holding surprise inspections at airports to ensure compliance of these instructions. Besides the security steps meant for commercial airports, the airport security watchdog also issued specific measures for flights from uncontrolled, remote or un-served airstrips, airports and helipads.
Operators of all private aircraft and helicopters have to declare the contents of the baggage carried on these flights to the chief electoral officers in the states, state police and the Income Tax department.
The general election is scheduled to be held between 11 April 2019 to 19 May 2019.