Govt discusses option of sharing security expenses in airports
Government on Thursday deliberated the possibility of sharing of a portion of security expenses in airports by travellers with the Civil Aviation Ministry opposing the move backed by the Home Ministry.
A high-level meeting, chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, discussed the issue but no decision has been taken on it, sources privy to the deliberations said.
The Civil Aviation Ministry, led by Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju and his junior Jayant Sinha, argued in the nearly two-hour long meeting that security in airports is a “sovereign function”. Hence, responsibility falls on the government and all expenses should be borne by it.
The Home Ministry, led by Rajnath Singh and his junior Kiren Rijiju, agreed with the Civil Aviation Ministry’s argument but suggested that a portion of the security expenses should be taken care of by the airport operators, which normally pass on such expenses to travellers.
“However, no decision has been taken on the issue and further deliberations will take place in near future,” the source said.