Govt clears Rs. 32000 crore plan to strengthen Coast Guard
After the Army, Indian Air Force and Navy, the defence ministry’s smallest armed force, the Coast Guard, is set for a most important revamp as the government has approved Rs. 31,748 crore for a definitive five-year action programme. After the 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai in 2008, the role of the Coast Guard has become very vital, as the Coast Guard played an important role during the tough time.
The action strategy to enhance the Coast Guard in terms of offshore patrol vessels, helicopters, boats, critical operational infrastructure and aircraft was cleared at a meeting previously this month, as per the reports.
In comparison to the current 130 surface units and 58 aircrafts it has now, the objective is to make the Coast Guard a 175-ship, 110-aircraft force by 2022. As per the reports the plan includes plugging operational breaches in the functioning of the Coast Guard and strengthening its abilities to guard costal security, offshore assets, marine environments and island territories and also to take on anti-smuggling, oil-spill, pollution-control and anti-piracy operations.