Saluting Indians who Guard the Coast

 With the motto of “Vayam Rakshamah” which means “We protect”, Indian coast guards consistently securing the Indian coasts and enforcing the regulations within the maritime zones of India.

The Indian Coast Guard is celebrating it’s 42nd anniversary on Thursday. Initially started with just 7 ships in 1978, the service has witnessed humongous and phenomenal growth. Today, they posses 42 stations, 134 ships and 62 aircrafts, 136 vessels. They are aiming to achieve 190 vessels and 100 aircrafts by 2030.

Need of Indian Coast Guards:
 In 1960’s India first proposed the idea to establish coast guard as the sea borne smuggling of goods was threatening India’s domestic economy. Then in 1970’s Nag Chaudhuri committee felt the need to patrol India’s coastline, set up a registry of offshore fishing vessel in order to keep vigilance on any illegal activity and establish a capable and well equipped force to intercept vessels engaged in illegal activities. Thus, in 1973 India started a programme to acquire the equipment and start deputing personnel from the Indian Navy for these anti smuggling and law enforcement tasks. And on 1 February 1977 an interim came into being which was passed by India’s parliament on 18 August 1978.

Some interesting facts about Indian Coast Guard (ICG) :
• The Coast Guard works in close cooperation with the Indian Navy, the Department of Fisheries, the Department of Revenue (Customs) and the Central and State police forces.
• India's 7516.60 kilometre coastline encompasses various states and some of the busiest trade routes.
• There are nine Indian states and four Union Territories situated on the coast. These include Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Lakshadweep, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.
• Indian Navy, Coast Guard and the marine police of coastal states and UTs guard the Indian coasts.
• On land, India's coast is close to many countries and on one of the busiest traditional maritime trade routes.

ICG as a career prospect:
The single most important factor for the Coast Guard today, are the Officers and Men who ultimately meet the challenges at sea. One could be just the man for this challenging sea going career - if you are intelligent and bold and can think with originality and possess leadership qualities. Service in Coast Guard is not merely an employment. It is where you play the most important role of protecting the nation's interests. The life of a Coast Guard officer is a happy mix of many things: hard work, professionalism, risk and adventure.
Different forms of entrance exams are conducted for the aspirants in order to be apart of Indian coast guard services, clearing which make them a step more closer to their goal.

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