Home Ministry permits NSG to requisition aircrafts in anti-terror operations

January 25th, 2009 - 5:35 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): In a bid to empower the National Security Guards (NSG) for anti-terror operations, the Home Ministry has authorized the NSG chief to requisition aircrafts from any operator registered in India in the interest of public safety.
An official Home Ministry release says that the notification empowers the Director General of NSG or an inspector General of NSG authorized by the head of the Para-Military force to requisition aircraft from any operator registered in the country.
Earlier the NSG could demand an aircraft only counter hijack operations. But there was no provision to ask for an aircraft from a commercial operator to carry out troop movements for an anti-terror operation.
This move has come in the wake of the delay of procurement of an aircraft in the recent anti-Mumbai terror attack. The black cat commandos of the NSG lost a few hours until an IL-76 of the Indian Air Force was brought in from Chandigarh.
The Home Ministry notification has come a day after the Civil Aviation Ministry announced authorization of officers in the government to requisition an aircraft from any operator registered in the country.
As per the notification of the Civil Aviation Ministry, a requisition from an officer of the central government not below the ranks of Joint Secretary in Home or the Civil Aviation Ministry will be required for seeking one or more aircrafts for public service.
The Civil Aviation Ministry has issued an order for the private operators saying, the operator is required to provide crew, maintenance personnel and material, necessary for operation of the aircraft.
The notification also requires the officer to cross check if any aircraft is already available at or near the required place.
As per the notification, the Central Government would pay for the expenses incurred on the aircraft operation to the operator in accordance with the Aircraft Act, 1934. (ANI)

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