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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hails Coast Guard for maintaining maritime peace, saving lives

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hails Coast Guard for sustaining maritime peace, saving lives | Information

New Delhi: India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh conferred gallantry and meritorious service medals on the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) personnel at an investiture ceremony held in New Delhi, on Saturday (October 9).
A complete of 21 awards, together with three President’s Tatrakshak (Coast Guard)Medals (Distinguished Service), eight Tatrakshak Medals (Gallantry) and 10 Tatrakshak Medals (Meritorious Service) had been introduced in the course of the ceremony.
The medals had been in recognition of the selfless devotion, exemplary braveness and acts of valour of the ICG personnel beneath excessive circumstances.
Director Common ICG, Ok Natarajan and senior officers of Ministry of Defence and Indian Coast Guard had been current on the event.
Commending the forces which are referred to as the ‘Sentinels of the ocean’, the Minister mentioned that, ICG which started their service to the nation with simply 4-6 boats, is now among the finest maritime forces on the planet with over 150 ships and 66 plane.
This ever-growing stature, he added, instills confidence among the many folks that the nationwide maritime pursuits are beneath secure supervision. He additionally touched upon how India is a rising maritime energy and its prosperity is basically depending on the ocean.
Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s imaginative and prescient of ‘Safety and Development for All within the Area’, (SAGAR) he lauded the ICG for being on the forefront in reaching that aim by selling regional cooperation, sustaining maritime peace within the Indian Ocean Area (IOR) and dealing carefully with worldwide maritime companies.
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Particular mentions had been made from the the ICG’s effort in  fire-fighting and air pollution response operations – Sagar Raksha-I and Sagar Raksha-II, which performed a big function in dousing the blaze onboard massive crude oil provider ‘New Diamond’ and container vessel ‘Specific Pearl’ off the Sri Lankan Coast, in late 2020.
These operations not solely showcases India’s stature as a accountable and succesful maritime energy, but in addition averted a significant catastrophe within the IOR, he added. 
Apart from the function performed in search and rescue operations and saving lives in the course of the latest cyclones ‘Tauktae’ and ‘Yaas’, the Minister additionally recommended the ICG’s operations in opposition to unlawful weapons and narcotics trafficking.
It’s notable that ICG had carried out 70 medical evacuations, performed 555 search and rescue operations and saved the lives of greater than 1,090 individuals, final yr. 
Following the Investiture ceremony, the Minister additionally addressed the thirty eighth Coast Guard Commanders’ Convention. This Convention is an annual meet which is attended by all of the senior officers of the ICG and Ministry of Defence.
A quick on latest operational and administrative developments in Indian Coast Guard was introduced to the Raksha Mantri. A variety of points pertaining to strengthening of the ICG in addition to respectable, authorized use of oceans can be mentioned in the course of the three-day Convention.
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