The Central Industrial Security Force, which provides security at 59 airports, has written to the home ministry complaining about the Airport Authority of India’s failure to clear its dues of Rs 350 crore.
Sources said the growing arrears had prevented the CISF, which reports to the home ministry, from taking over security at the country’s remaining 32 airports.
The sources blamed the situation on a standoff between the finance ministry and the civil aviation ministry, under which the airport authority functions.
While the finance ministry believes the bill should be passed on to the fliers, the civil aviation ministry contends that security is the responsibility of the Centre, which should pay the money from its consolidated fund. Read More…