Boost for Indian CG

Plan will boost CG capabilities.

With 26/11 attacks in mind, Centre clears Rs 32K crore plan to bolster Coast Guard

By Rajat Pandit

NEW DELHI: The government has approved a 31,748 crore “definitive five-year action programme” for the Coast Guard, which is the defence ministry’s smallest armed force after the Army, IAF and Navy but whose role has become crucial ever since the 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai in 2008.

Sources said the action plan to bolster the force-levels of Coast Guard in terms of offshore patrol vessels, boats, helicopters, aircraft and critical operational infrastructure was cleared at ameeting chaired by defence secretary Sanjay Mitra earlier this month.

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