September 30, 2022

MoS Defence lauds ICG’s role in protecting India’s maritime interests despite challenges

Minister of State (MoS) for Defence Ajay Bhatt visited Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Headquarters in New Delhi

New Delhi, Minister of State (MoS) for Defence Ajay Bhatt on July 14 commended Indian Coast Guard’s (ICG’s) role in protecting India’s maritime interests with determination despite various challenges, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MoS Defence was visiting the ICG Headquarters in New Delhi for the first time after taking over as Raksha Rajya Mantri (RRM).

“The Indian Coast Guard has the responsibility to ensure that India’s maritime zones are safe and secure. It plays a crucial role in ensuring economic development, besides meeting the changing security challenges at sea. It is not possible to create a flawless internal and national security framework without ensuring maritime security,” he said.

“The Indian Coast Guard has the responsibility to ensure that India’s maritime zones are safe and secure. It plays a crucial role in ensuring economic development, besides meeting the changing security challenges at sea. It is not possible to create a flawless internal and national security framework without ensuring maritime security”

-Minister of State (MoS) for Defence Ajay Bhatt

Bhatt stressed on Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that safe, protected and clean seas provide unique economic opportunities for nation building. 

He also lauded ICG for saving precious lives during the recent cyclones ‘Tauktae’ and ‘YAAS’ made special mention of the firefighting operations carried out by ICG onboard Crude Carrier Motor Tanker New Diamond in September 2020 and Motor Vessel X-Press Pearl in 2021, both off Colombo, commending them for extending support to the international community in times of distress.

Appreciating ICG for its anti-drug trafficking operations at sea, he said, “It has compelled international narco syndicates to move beyond the limits of our Exclusive Economic Zone.”

During his visit, he was briefed by Indian Coast Guard Director General K Natarajan and other senior officials on the capacities and capabilities of various operations of Coast Guard including firefighting, tackling oil spill, search & rescue, environment protection, anti-drug trafficking and combating transnational maritime crimes. 

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