In order to tighten the country’s maritime security following the 26/11 attack, India on Wednesday appointed Vice Admiral (retd) G Ashok Kumar as India’s first national maritime security coordinator.
The news: The Cabinet Committee on Security last year had cleared the proposal for the creation of the post.
- The appointment of G Ashok Kumar, who is a former navy vice chief, is seen as part of India’s consistent efforts to bolster its maritime security following the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, 14 years ago when a group of sea-borne terrorists struck the heart of the country’s financial capital.
- The appointment was made with a mandate to ensure cohesion among various key stakeholders with an overall objective to strengthen the country’s maritime security.
- The National Maritime Security Coordinator (NMSC) is working in coordination with the National Security Council Secretariat headed by NSA Ajit Doval.
- The NMSC is tasked to coordinate among the Indian Navy, the Coast Guard, security agencies involved in coastal and maritime security and 13 coastal states and Union Territories.
- Vice Admiral Kumar retired from service in July last year.
Since the Mumbai terror attack, the government has taken a string of security measures including putting in place layered maritime surveillance to bolster coastal and maritime security.
India has a coastline of around 7,500-kilometres.