New Delhi: The Indian Coast Guard on Friday got its first own three-star officer as the Defence Ministry approved the elevation of its second-in-command Rajendra Singh as Additional Director General.
"The name of DDG Rajendra Singh was today approved for elevation as the Additional Director General in the Coast Guard. He is the first Coast Guard officer to have reached this rank," a Ministry official said here.
In the Coast Guard, which is headed by officers belonging to the Navy, promotion of officers from the parent cadre so far were limited to the post of Deputy Director General only.
The step was taken soon after the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) approved the creation of two posts of ADG for the Coast Guard as part of measures to strengthen coastal security.
One of the ADGs of the force would be posted at the force headquarters here while the other one would be deployed at Mumbai - which is the hub of coastal security operations of the force.
In view of the importance of the force, mainly realised after the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai in 2008, the Government has also given sanctions to plans to double the size of the force`s manpower and assets including ships and patrol vessels.