India’s first marine police training college is coming up at Olaikuda, a sea front hamlet in the island of Rameswaram, Tamilnadu. The GOI was establishing the training college at an estimated cost is Rs.100 crore. The training college would have modern infrastructure facilities to train about 1000 marine police personnel.
The civil work was expected to start soon after the district administration completed the process of handing over the land.
Indian Coast Guard
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is the fourth branch of the armed force of India. Its mission is the protection of India’s maritime interests and enforcement of maritime law, with jurisdiction over the territorial waters of India, including its contiguous zone and exclusive economic zone.
The Indian Coast Guard’s motto is वयम रक्षामः (Vayam Rakshamah), which translates from Sanskrit as We Protect. The Headquarters of ICG is New Delhi.
Mission of ICG
- Ensuring safety and protection of the artificial islands, offshore installations and other structure in our maritime zones.
- Providing protection to fishermen and assistance to them at sea while in distress.
- Preservation and protection of our maritime environment including prevention and control of maritime pollution.
- Assistance to the Department of Custom and other authorities in anti-smuggling operations.
- Enforcement of Maritime Zone of India Acts.
- Initiating measures for the safety of life and property at sea.
Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal is the current Director General of ICG. The Additional Director General of ICG is Rajendra Singh.