Rajnath Singh to visit Gujarat to review security situation near Indo-Pak border

Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Gujarat on September 10-11 to review the security situation near the Indo-Pak border.

Updated: Sep 09, 2014, 13:13 PM IST

Ahmedabad: Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Gujarat on September 10-11 to review the security situation near the Indo-Pak border.

During his visit, Rajnath will meet Coast Guard officials. The meeting holds importance as a fishing trawler, Kuber, had been hijacked by the 10 Pakistani terrorists off Jhakau coast in Gujarat in 2008 to reach Mumbai for carrying out the 26/11 attacks.

Last month, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju informed Rajya Sabha said that significant steps have been taken by the Indian Coast Guard for round-the-clock monitoring and patrolling of eastern and western coasts post 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.

Listing out the initiatives and decisions to enhance the coastal security, Rijiju said Phase-I of the Coastal Security Scheme was completed in March 2011 and the Indian Navy has been designated as the Authority responsible for overall Maritime Security.

The Navy has established four joint operation centres at Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, Kochi and Port Blair for sharing intelligence among various agencies and acting on actionable intelligence at sea.

Besides, issuance of Multi-purpose National Identity Cards (MNICS) to all those living in the coastal villages, including fishermen, and registration of all types of fishing vessels have been initiated, he said.