Operation Sajag


    Syllabus: GS-3/Internal Security

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    • The Indian Coast Guard conducted ‘Operation Sajag’, a Coastal Security Drill along the Western Coast.

    About Operation Sajag: 

    • This operation serves to revalidate the coastal security mechanism and raise awareness among fishermen at sea.
    • A total of 118 ships including those from Customs, Marine Police, Ports & Indian Navy participated in the drill.
    • Under this, extensive checking and verification of documents and crew passes of all fishing boats, barges and sea crafts are carried out.
    • It occurs monthly for one day and helps in  monitoring of dhows, island security, and community interaction programs.
    • Several measures have been implemented to strengthen coastal security-issuance of biometric cards for fishermen, color-coding of fishing boats by state, staffing of fish landing centers, access control at entry/exit checkpoints, coastal mapping, designation of specific marine band frequencies for security agencies, and marine police training by the Indian Coast Guard.
    Indian Coast Guard
    – The Indian Coast Guard is a maritime law enforcement and search and rescue agency of India with jurisdiction over its territorial waters including its contiguous zone and exclusive economic zone.
    – It was established in 1977 by the Coast Guard Act, 1978 of the Parliament of India.
    Parent Agency: Ministry of Defence
    Headquarters: New Delhi
    Head: Director General Indian Coast Guard (DGICG) 

    Missions of Indian Coast Guard
    – Safety and protection of artificial islands, offshore terminals and other installations.
    – Protection and assistance to fishermen and mariners at sea.
    – Preservation and protection of marine ecology and environment including pollution control.
    – Assistance to the Department of Customs and other authorities in anti-smuggling operations.

    Source: PIB