New Delhi: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said India’s prosperity is largely linked to its seas and unhindered maritime access is one of the primary needs of the country as it continues its journey on the path of development.
“We have had a close relationship with the sea for a very long time… Our trade, economy, festivals and culture are largely closely linked with the sea. However, we have faced many challenges related to the sea, he said. Said during his speech at the decoration ceremony of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
The Minister said that these challenges have taught us that without ensuring maritime security it is not possible to create a comprehensive internal and external security framework. He said, “By keeping India’s marine areas safe, secure and pollution free, our security needs, environmental health and economic development are ensured. I am really happy to say that ICG is successfully addressing all these challenges. Used to be.”
He said that India is progressing very fast and uninterrupted maritime access is one of its primary needs. Singh said, “Our prosperity is largely linked to our seas as we are a coming maritime power. Therefore the security and development of not only ours but the countries of the region as a whole is our primary objective.”
He said that in line with the vision of the Government of India, ICG has been at the forefront of promoting regional cooperation, maintaining peace in the Indian Ocean region and working with international maritime agencies.
Singh said, “I am really happy to say that the heroic actions of the ICG in ensuring maritime security have impacted not only our region but also our neighbourhood. Each of your successful missions is based on your efficiency and your effectiveness. Shows response.”
He said whether it was the accident involving the very large raw material carrier New Diamond or the container ship X-Press Pearl, the ICG has made a major contribution to the firefighting and pollution control response by running Operation Sagar Raksha 1 and 2. “If you (ICG) had not acted in time, there would have been a huge devastation in the Indian Ocean region,” he said.
“The country has gained international recognition after the conduct of these valiant operations by the ICG. Apart from this, the country’s position as a responsible and capable maritime power has also been strengthened due to this,” he said.
In September last year, the ICG sent its ships and aircraft to carry out firefighting missions and search and rescue operations at New Diamond, which caught fire about 37 nautical miles off the southeast Sri Lankan coast.
In May this year, the ICG had deployed its ships and aircraft after a massive fire broke out on the merchant ship X-Press Pearl off the coast of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.