GOVERNMENT OF KARNATAKA
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 2775
TO BE ANSWERED ON 23.08.2006
Exempting Security Searches of Service Chiefs at Airports
SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:-
a)whether it is a fact that the three chiefs of Army, Air Force and Navy are not exempted from security searches at airports, while many politicians and bureaucrats are; and
b)if so, Government propose to give such senior officers of our armed forces the same status as politicians, ambassadors and bureaucrats vis-à-vis airport security?
(SHRI PRANAB MUKHERJEE)
MINISTER OF DEFENCE
(a) & (b): As per existing instructions, the chiefs of Army, Air Force and Navy are not exempted from pre-embarkation security checks at airports. There is no proposal with the Ministry of Civil Aviation to exempt the three service chiefs from pre-embarkation security checks at airports.