Mumbai: Senior officials of Central, State
governments and other maritime security agencies will be
participating in a two-day seminar on maritime security being
organised here by the Western Naval Command to deliberate on
future challenges post 26/11 attacks.
The officials participating will represent nine coastal
states and four Union Territories in which the coastal
security organisation has been revamped after the Mumbai
terror strikes, a Defence spokesperson said Tuesday.
The seminar, being held on January 20-21 at the INHS
Asvini auditorium in Colaba area, is an initiative to improve
inter agency co-ordination, increase interaction and exchange
of ideas amongst all stakeholders of coastal security for
meeting future challenges, he said.
After the 26/11 attacks, the Central Government has
designated the Indian Navy as the lead agency for maritime
security including coastal security. The Navy and the Coast
Guard have initiated several measures to improve the security
of the coastline.
Both the organisations have adopted a synergistic
approach with other stakeholders of coastal security to work
towards establishing an effective mechanism for improving
coastal security and preventing a repeat of such incidents.
Participants representing central and state government
ministries and departments are participating in the seminar.
These include senior bureaucrats of the Ministry of Home,
Shipping, Ports, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Ministry of
Environment and Forest, security agencies like the Indian
Coast Guard, Police, and CISF.
Intelligence agencies such as the IB and state
intelligence would also participate in the event.
The seminar is being conducted in three sessions which
include `Sharing of perspectives of Coastal security of the
major stakeholders and future Challenges`, `The Challenges of
capacity building, and improving capabilities of coastal
security forces` and `Challenges of Intelligence sharing`.