Coastal security network along with infrastructural support for coast guard will be strengthened in Odisha. This has been discussed in a high level meeting between Chief Secretary Sri Gokul Chandra Pati and IG Sri K.R. Nautiyal Commander Coast Guard Region (North East) in secretariat conference hall yesterday evening.
The issues relating to availability of near the Airport for building up coast guard operational area for infrastructural support to smooth search & rescue operation, landing of air craft, quick response team, maritime and other security services were discussed in the meeting.
IG Sri Nautiyal also requested for one acre of land at Chandrabhaga and one acre at Arakuda, Puri for setting up of remote radar stations in phase –II of the chain of static sensors network. The proposal for operation of coast guard Dornier aircraft at Berhampur runway was also discussed in the meeting. Chief Secretary advised to take up a feasibility study on this and come up with concrete suggestions.
Chief Secretary Sri Pati has advised the IG to mobilize more Odia youths to join Indian coast guard services through their recruitment center operating at Paradip. It has been decided to make special presentations in various colleges of the State for sensitizing the students about the carrier opportunities available in these services. It has also been decided to hold a State level seminar at Bhubaneswar to kick start the sensitization programme. On a media query, IG Sri Nautiyal said that around 700 youths are being recruited each year to this service. He also mentioned that Odia officers recruited so far have been found very effective and smart in this service.