CG officials urge youth to join the uniformed service

: As a run up to the Coast Guard (CG) Week marking its Raising Day on February 1, the Coast Guard conducted an interaction programme with the youth.

The interaction programme was conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday at GITAM University and MVR Degree College in the city where the students were introduced to various aspects of the service and its role, according to a statement released here on Thursday.

During the interaction, officers of the CG gave students an overview of the service highlighting the organisational structure, role and functions of the service, its motto, achievements and the career opportunities available. The officers urged the students to join the uniformed service.

The students appreciated the programme and appeared enthusiastic and motivated, the release added.

Indian Coast Guard came into existence in 1977 to safeguard the country’s interest in its maritime zone with about 2 million sq km of Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The management of security concerns over vast EEZ and long coastline of 7,516 km is being successfully undertaken by the budding maritime force. Indian coast guard since inception has rose to the occasion and has carried out various anti-smuggling, anti-poaching and anti-piracy operations, search and rescue of fishermen and merchant marine, and prevention of pollution in our EEZ.

Rescue and relief

The Coast Guard has been gearing up to provide seamless coastal security to the nation in co-ordination with other maritime agencies of the country, according to the release.

Since inception, the Coast Guard has been successful in saving more than 5,500 lives at sea and has carried out over 200 disaster relief operations and medical evacuations. The Coast Guard has also apprehended more than 1000 foreign fishing boats for illegal fishing in Indian waters and has emerged as a friend in need to the Indian fishermen, the statement added.