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India plans dedicated marine police to protect coastline


Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar held a review of coastal security on Tuesday, deciding to set up a dedicated marine police force and to survey all landing points along the entire Indian coastline to identify isolated spots, which could be used for landing arms and explosives and also for infiltration of terrorist and criminal elements.

National Security Advisor, Cabinet Secretary, the Navy chief, secretaries of home, petroleum, fisheries, shipping and the Coast Guard chief were invited for the meeting. 

The review was primarily over issues that were flagged by the Cabinet Committee on Security after the 26/11 Mumbai attack and are still being implemented. One of the important decisions was to explore possibilities to set up a marine police force. 

Initially, the Centre had suggested recruiting ex-servicemen, but "after deliberation it was felt that a dedicated marine police personnel to work on regular basis be created by the states/UTs... a dedicated marine battalion of 1000-2000 personnel on the lines of "creek crocodile" being raised by BSF to guard the creek area of Gujarat is being explored," says a note prepared for the review meeting. 

The government has decided to set up a national marine police training centre and also regional training centres.
Earlier, home minister Rajnath Singh had announced a marine police training institute at Dwaraka in Gujarat.
The Centre had asked the states to review the status of non-notified landing points and present a consolidated list of such landing points by October 31, last year.
Only 11 states have responded so far. 

The landing points on nondescript islands and remote uninhabited pockets on the sea shore have for long been a major challenge for those securing the coast.
According to the note, "India's long coast line presents a variety of security concerns that include landing of arms and explosives at isolated spots on the coast, infiltration/exfiltration of anti-national elements, use of the sea and off shore islands for criminal activities." is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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Well, Mr Defence Minister Parrikar, while CM of Goa you painted Goa under you and the BJP as having a very rosy future.

Petrol prices were reduced only to be increased later.

A Lokayukta came and disappeared as fast as an illusive performance of a MAGICIAN.I guess he will re-appear at the next elections in your manifesto.

Dole inducements were given right left and centre. Now Goa Government is going to New Delhi,cap in hand for alms. Have you designed any new schemes?

Your promise to restart Mining, against Supreme Court orders and other agencies orders has been made a zillion times. I am just wondering if you have Supreme Powers over all organisations and humans and voters.

What has happened to your promise to clear up the Garbage in Goa. Or will you now be sending Minsters abroad on Junkets to promote this as a colourful tourist attraction.?

You see Mr Defence Minister, we now have a TRUST ISSUE with all your promises.What you say in cheap words is never fulfilled.

I hope you know that Terririst attacks have now become...

World class

State of the Art...and


We all know you are always "oversmart".

I just hope the Terrorists will realise this sooner than later.

I also hope the media does not mis-interpret your promises. It is always them and not you that is wrong

N.Fernandes , London

Well Mr Defence Minister Parrikar, lets hope this will be


1. World Class

2.State of the Art, or

3. Smart Defence

I trust ,if you have any other superlative adjectives, your mouth will speak them.

N.Fernandes , London



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