Senior IPS officer Kumar Rajesh Chandra on 5 May 2016 was appointed the Chief of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the name of Chandra for appointment to the post of Director General (formerly known as Commissioner of Security (Civil Aviation) in the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security.
Chandra has been appointed in place of IPS officer G S Malhi. Malhi had completed his tenure as BCAS Chief in November 2012. The crucial post was lying vacant since then.
Why the appointment for the post was delayed?
• The appointment for the post was delayed due to claims from officers of both Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) to the coveted post.
Who is Kumar Rajesh Chandra?
• Chandra is a 1985 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre.
• He is currently working as Additional Director General (Modernisation), Bihar Police.
About Bureau of Civil Aviation Security
• BCAS acts as regulatory authority for civil aviation security.
• After the hijacking of an Indian Airlines flight in September 1976, the Pande Committee recommended establishing an aviation security department.
• In January 1978, the BCAS was established as a department of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. As a result of the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182, the BCAS became an independent agency of the Ministry of Civil Aviation on 1 April 1987.
• The main responsibility of BCAS is to lay down standards and measures in respect of security of civil flights at international and domestic airports in India.
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Who: Kumar Rajesh Chandra
When: 5 May 2016