The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) raised the issue with the aviation ministry as it restricted amritdhari Sikh employees from wearing their kirpan while working at airports in India. It had sought the withdrawal of the March 4, 2022, order.
“We got representations from Sikh community about the same and accordingly have addressed that issue by issuing a corrigendum order on March 12. There’s nothing new in the order. It simply seeks to remove the confusion caused by a recently amended circular,” said a BCAS official.
Accordingly, the order issued by BCAS DG Jaideep Prasad on March 12 says: “In place of (the confusion-causing para), following shall be substituted- ‘Kirpan may be carried by a Sikh passenger, on his person, provided the length of its blade does not exceed 15.24 cms (6 inches); and the total length of a Kirpan does not exceed 22.86 cms (9 inches). It is allowed while traveling by air on Indian aircraft within India (domestic routes of fully domestic flights only,’).”
The order has been issued with regard to exception to the handling of restricted articles. “…for the purpose of safety of passengers, crew, aircraft, ground personnel and the general public in all matters related to safeguarding against acts of unlawful interference with civil aviation, directs the following (March 12 amendment).”
BCAS has been updating its orders in recent days to improve the ease of doing business by wording them simply to avoid any confusion to stakeholders.