The National Maritime Security Coordinator will break the silos and minimize throughout the turf of Navy, Coast Guard, State Maritime Boards to reinforce maritime area consciousness and guarantee higher response. The Chinese forays into Indian Ocean through Pakistan and Myanmar can be on prime of NMSC agenda.

By Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

PUBLISHED ON JUL 13, 2021 11:10 AM IST

Two many years after the Kargil Group of Ministers’ suggestion, the Narendra Modi authorities is all set to create and appoint a National Maritime Security Coordinator (NMSC) to interface between the civilian and army maritime area with the target of enhancing safety structure and power safety of India. The Maritime Security Coordinator will work beneath Indian National Security Advisor and be the principal advisor to the federal government on maritime safety area.

According to South Block sources, the Ministry of Defence and Military Affairs has sought Union Cabinet approval for the NMSC submit and there may be all chance {that a} serving or just lately retired Vice Admiral of Indian Navy can be appointed to the job. The NMSC has been a protracted pending requirement for the reason that Kargil GoM really helpful it and its want was most felt through the 2008 Mumbai bloodbath when 10 Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) gunmen directed by ISI handlers in Karachi intruded into Mumbai and created mayhem with the maritime safety companies like Navy, Coast Guard and Mumbai Port all at sea figuratively. The appointment of NMSC fills the necessity of the hour because the Navy, Coast Guard and state maritime boards all are inclined to work in silos with overlapping jurisdictions and are always at odds with one another.

While India has suffered from sea blindness over centuries with land primarily based safety doctrines, traditionally and geo-strategically, the nation is a maritime nation with over 7000 km of shoreline and over 2 million kilometres of Exclusive Economic Zone. Over 70 per cent of Indian commerce together with very important crude oil is transported by way of sea and safety of sea transport lanes is significant to India’s safety with Modi authorities on June 16 clearing the Deep Ocean Mission for blue water economic system.

India has 9 coastal states and 4 union territories, who consider that maritime and coastal safety is accountability of the central authorities and have little to extend the maritime area consciousness.

With China transferring in the direction of a sea primarily based safety doctrine and penetrating into Indian Ocean by way of Pakistan and Myanmar, the submit of NMSC can be very important for maritime and power safety as Beijing plans to achieve to japanese sea board of Africa by way of Indian maritime area.

However, the creation of NMSC is a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s imaginative and prescient of Act East Policy, SAGAR (Security and Growth of All within the Region), Deep Ocean Mission and the Sagarmala mission to make India’s 12 main ports into world class customary.


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