FIGHT­ING MAR­ITIME THREATS

In­dia plans first full-spec­trum ex­er­cise to as­sess the re­sponse of nine stake­hold­ers and agen­cies in­volved in coastal se­cu­rity

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - FRONT PAGE -

A se­nior naval of­fi­cer says any n and ev­ery con­tin­gency which could crop up in the near fu­ture will be tested dur­ing this ex­er­cise

The ex­er­cise will also test n re­ac­tion time and co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the agen­cies to deal with in­com­ing threats

The Achilles heel of In­dia’s n coastal se­cu­rity re­mains small fish­ing boats, es­pe­cially those un­der 20 me­ters long

Of the 280,000-odd fish­ing n boats reg­is­tered across states, 220,000 fall in this cat­e­gory

The stake­hold­ers are

In­dian Navy, which will lead the ex­er­cise

Direc­torate Gen­eral of Ship­ping, which con­trols mer­chant ship­ping

Direc­torate Gen­eral of Light­houses and Light­ships, which tracks in­com­ing and out­go­ing ships Marine Po­lice of coastal states In­dian Coast Guard In­tel­li­gence agen­cies such as the In­tel­li­gence Bureau and the Re­search and Anal­y­sis Wing Cus­toms depart­ment

Lo­cal po­lice

Fish­er­men

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