Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Thursday at a meeting where the potential of forming a separate cadre for coastal police was discussed that the government is “seriously analyzing” the threats to India’s coastal security and will take suitable measures to make it “impenetrable.”
Shah was presiding over a meeting of the Home Ministry’s Coastal Security Consultative Committee. Nityanand Rai and Ajay Mishra, junior ministers (MoS), Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, Department of Fisheries Secretary Jatindra Nath Swain, and Indian Coast Guard personnel were in attendance.
Shah stated in a statement that the “Department of Border Management, Ministry of Home Affairs has been working” in the “direction of further bolstering coastline security” “as per” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “guidance.”
“Appropriate and necessary efforts would be done to make coastline security impenetrable along with the states,” Shah said, adding that his ministry is “seriously analyzing the issues being faced in coastal security.”
Several concerns were reviewed, according to the statement, including the necessity to reinforce coastline security to the same level as land border security. “Members present at the conference also advised the development of a separate Coastal Police Cadre in each state and the use of technology to monitor islands and coastal areas,” according to the statement.