Guj to hire 600 marine commandos for coastal security
Last Updated: Friday, September 18, 2009, 22:23
Gandhinagar: To strengthen its security apparatus along the 1600-km long coastline in the state, Gujarat government has decided to create a marine commando unit and recruit 600 personnel for it.

A senior official in the state Home Department said that the marine commando unit will be created and its headquarter will be located in Jamnagar district in Saurashtra region.

"We have finalised the details of the project and also framed the criteria for recruitment of the commandos," he said.

According to him, recruitment of commandos will begin very soon and retired officials of Navy and Coastguards will be engaged to train them. He said that the commandos will be equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry.

The state Home Department has also sent a proposal to the Central government for setting up 12 coastal police stations in the state.

The official also said that so far, the Centre has alloted three high-speed mechanised vessels for patrolling along the coastal areas.

Experts with the IAEA's Scientific Forum also acknowledged the crucial role energy plays in delivering healthcare, providing nutrition, enabling education, manufacturing goods and fuelling transportation and other services.

The two-day Forum underscored energy's central role in advancing social and economic development.

At present, one fourth of the global population, or 1.6 billion people, cannot access modern energy services provided by electricity. Several speakers termed energy "the missing Millennium Development Goal", since eradicating poverty is an essential prerequisite in achieving the goals.

Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, spoke of equivalence between energy poverty and economic poverty, noting that wherever access to energy expands, economic growth increases.

In examining another key issue, climate change, an already visible impact, the Forum highlighted that developing countries are most vulnerable. Their best defence to counter that impact is development, which in turn requires increased access to energy.

The Scientific Forum's panelists include Andre Mernier, Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, September 18, 2009, 22:23

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