New Delhi: Observing that the Coast Guard was "ill-equipped" to discharge its enhanced role, the CAG on Friday slammed the Government`s "ad hoc" response to strengthen the force following the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.
In its report tabled in the Parliament, the Government
auditor said the Coast Guard was functioning with a large
number of ships which were "meant to be decommissioned
but which have not been phased out as their replacements have
"In an era of heightened coastal security concerns, ICG
remains ill-equipped to discharge its enhanced role and meet
the challenges of today... Post 26/11, the response of ICG and
Government has been `ad hoc` as can be witnessed by increased
patrolling, increased funding, fast tracking procurements."
Analysing the steps taken by the force after the 26/11
attacks, the CAG said that post-incident, the Government has
sanctioned 14 new Coast Guard stations of which only five have
been activated till now.
"The stations continue to function with fleet and
infrastructural deficiencies. A check has revealed that in
three stations as of December, the stations didn`t have
vessels in adequate strength," it said.
The audit reports says that at least 16 Coast Guard
stations didn`t have basic facilities like jetties for
The CAG noted that although coastal security was a major
concern after 26/11 attacks on Mumbai, "Government failed to
issue clear cut directions or enunciate a policy for coastal
security till recently."
"Post 26/11, the Coast Guard was initially designated as
the agency for guarding the coast line with the support of
Navy and then the Navy was designated as overall authority for
coastal security with support of the Coast Guard."