(THE GIST OF PIB) Operation Sajag

(THE GIST OF PIB) Operation Sajag


Operation Sajag

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

About Operation Sajag:

  • It is a coastal security drill conducted by the Indian Coast Guard along the west coast.
  • It involved all stakeholders of the Indian coastal security construct.
  • A total of 118 ships, including those from Customs, Marine Police, Ports, and the Indian Navy, participated in the drill.
  • The drill facilitates revalidation of the coastal security mechanism and brings awareness among the fishermen at sea.
  • During the drill, extensive checking and verification of documents and crew passes of all fishing boats, barges and craft at sea was undertaken.
  • Biometric card readers have also been issued to security agencies.
  • Besides monitoring of dhows, island security and community interaction programmes have been institutionalised under the coastal security construct.

Key Facts about the Indian Coast Guard:

  • It is an armed force that protects India's maritime interests and enforces maritime law, with jurisdiction over the territorial waters of India, including its contiguous zone and exclusive economic zone.
  • History: it was formally established in 1978 by the Coast Guard Act, 1978 as an independent armed force of India.
  • Parent ministry: It operates under the Ministry of Defence.
  • Administration: The organisation is headed by the Director General Indian Coast Guard (DGICG).



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