Antony for increasing response to threats from sea

Reviewing coastal security measures taken after the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai, Defence Minister A K Antony today stressed on the need for increasing vigilance and response to threats from sea.

Updated: Jun 25, 2010, 21:39 PM IST

New Delhi: Reviewing coastal security
measures taken after the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai, Defence
Minister A K Antony today stressed on the need for increasing
vigilance and response to threats from sea.

"Decisions and approvals for coastal security including
the procurement cases should be implemented in a time-bound
manner and the concerned agencies should regularly monitor the
progress," the Defence Minister told a meeting to review
coastal security.

After Pakistan-based terrorists used the sea route to
carry out attacks on Mumbai on November 26, 2008, the Centre
has taken various steps to improve the security of coasts to
avoid such incidents in future.

Today`s meeting was attended by Cabinet Secretary K M
Chandrashekhar, Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma, Defence
Secretary Pradeep Kumar and DG Coast Guard Vice Admiral Anil
Chopra along with Secretaries from Ministries of Shipping,
Home Affairs and Fisheries and Animal Husbandry.

In the meeting, the Navy and Coast Guard gave detailed
presentations about their achievements in exercises,
operations and awareness campaigns along the coast, greater
coordination and information sharing with central and state
agencies, progress of manpower cases and procurement of
equipment.

Emphasising on the need for formation of state maritime
boards in coastal areas, Antony said, "These boards will
function as coordinating agencies for coastal security and
other related issues."

The Defence Minister said he would take up the formation
of these boards on priority with the states concerned. Three
states have already established these boards.

Issues such as port security including minor ports,
coastal security scheme, dedicated marine police in the
states, progress of registration of fishing vessels, provision
of ID cards for fishermen and licensing of fishing vessels
were also discussed during the meeting.

-PTI