Defence Minister Reviews Coastal Security Enhancement Initiatives

Defence Minister Shri AK Antony

The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony reviewed the progress on various steps taken to enhance the coastal security of the country on 02AUG12. Speaking on the subject, Antony said that the first phase of the Coastal Radar Network, on both the west and east coast should be completed in the next two months and that he would himself visit some locations very soon. The Coastal Radar Network is an important component of the coastal security mechanism which will ensure monitoring and identification of maritime traffic.

Shri Antony desired to have another meeting on Coastal Security immediately after the next Parliament Session with representatives of other Central government ministries and agencies who are part of the Coastal Security mechanism. There is already a high level Committee (i.e. the National Committee on Strengthening of Maritime and Coastal Security against threats from the sea) under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary which has Chief Secretaries of coastal states  along with other stakeholders as members to ensure a better coordination of coastal security.

The delivery time schedules of supply of Fast Interceptor Crafts, implementation of National Command Control Communication and Intelligence Network and Vessels and Air Traffic Management System on the east coast was also reviewed in the meeting.

The Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma, Defence Secretary Shri Shashikant Sharma, Secretary, Department of Defence Production Shri Shekhar Agarwal, Director General Coast Guard Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan and Senior officers of Ministry of Defence, Navy and Coast Guard attended the meeting.

PIB 02AUG12

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