CISF to put up extra native language versed personnel at airports; rejects Kanimozhi’s costs

New Delhi, August 12

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will undertake “enhanced efforts” to deploy extra personnel at airports who know the native language following an incident the place DMK MP Kanimozhi not too long ago alleged {that a} drive personnel questioned her if she was an Indian because the lawmaker didn’t converse Hindi. 

A senior officer within the airports guarding central paramilitary drive rejected the costs made by the MP quoting the ladies official’s preliminary questioning on the incident. 

He mentioned the woman official who interacted with the Member of Parliament on August 9 on the Chennai worldwide airport instructed senior officers throughout inquiry that she “did not utter the words as alleged by the concerned passenger but just said that Hindi is also an Indian or official language”.

Kanimozhi, the daughter of DMK occasion patriarch and former Tamil Nadu chief minister Ok Karunanidhi, had tweeted concerning the incident. 

“Today at the airport a CISF officer asked me if ‘I am an Indian’ when I asked her to speak to me in Tamil or English as I did not know Hindi. I would like to know from when being Indian is equal to knowing Hindi,” the MP from the Thoothukkudi Lok Sabha seat in Tamil Nadu had tweeted with the hashtag ‘hindiimposition’. 

CISF officers mentioned the woman official posted on the Chennai airport has been “counselled about her conduct and the soft skills and basic language courtesies the force personnel need to extend to the passengers, as taught to them during training.” The girl official, they mentioned, hails from a south Indian state and had interacted with Kanimozhi for a routine safety course of to be adopted, in Hindi. 

“She told the inquiry team that she never questioned the passenger about her being an Indian for not knowing Hindi but just said that Hindi is an Indian or official language,” a senior CISF officer mentioned.

After Kanimozhi flagged the difficulty by means of her Tweet, the CISF had responded by means of its official deal with on the identical social media platform and mentioned an inquiry has been ordered into the matter and that “it is not the policy of CISF to insist upon any particular language”.

The senior officer mentioned the drive will undertake “enhanced efforts to ensure that personnel and officers who know the local language are increasingly deployed at airports keeping in mind administrative and operational issues.”

That has all the time been the coverage and it’s being reiterated once more, he mentioned. 

When a response was sought on the difficulty from CISF Director General (DG) Rajesh Ranjan, he instructed PTI: “Our emphasis is on communication that can take place in whatever manner.” Another senior official of the drive mentioned the CISF frequently conducts smooth abilities lessons and public interplay periods for its personnel and the current incident is an “aberration and not a norm”.

“Every day, lakhs of passengers travelling to destinations within the country and abroad interact with CISF personnel and such incidents do not take place very often. Whenever such incidents are reported, appropriate action is taken,” the officer mentioned. The CISF is the nationwide civil aviation safety drive and it supplies counter-terrorist and anti-sabotage cowl to 64 such services within the nation at current. — PTI

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