Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has promised the Coast Guard all necessary help from the ministry in matters related to operational efficiency and those pertaining to the growth of the service, the maritime security agency said today. Speaking on the occasion of 36th Coast Guard Commanders Conference, Sitharaman suggested the maritime agency to plan for operations not only in exclusive economic zone (EEZ) but beyond into the blue waters so that it stays relevant for next 20 years, particularly by developing digital capacity.
“The defence minister promised all assistance of the Ministry of Defence for cases relating to the operational efficiency and those pertaining to the growth of the service, be it the manpower or new acquisitions,” the statement added. The Coast Guard Commanders Conference is held annually, where all regional commanders put forth the road map for future, discuss various policy and strategic issues. The conference aims at carving out a futuristic vision for the service and to determine the modalities to overcome the challenges efficiently.