The IPS officers association, comprising 3700-members, has demanded to the Government of India that the top post of Commissioner, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), should be given to a member of IPS keeping in view their expertise in internal security domain. In addition it has demanded greater role for IPS officers in other departments as well.
The demand seems to be in the wake of certain moves initiated by the government. Earlier it was reported that an IAS officer, in the rank of additional secretary, might be appointed as the chief of BCAS.
The post has been running vacant since October 31 when Gurjot Singh Malhi (IPS:1974:HY), the then Commissioner, BCAS, had retired. Presently, Bibhuti Bhushan Dash (IPS:1987:WB) Additional Commissioner, is heading BCAS as additional charge.
One may find it surprising that in a country like USA the entire civil aviation security regime has seen a transformational change post World Trade Centre attack but in our country the governments are yet reach to a conclusion over the chief of a critically important department like BCAS. The post has been running vacant since November 01, 2013.