New Delhi [India], Jan. 29 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated the Indian Coast Guard, which is completing 40 years of existence on February 1.
"February 1 marks 40 years of Indian Coast Guard, I congratulate the officials for being vigilant and serving the nation," he said while addressing the nation in the 28th edition of his monthly 'Mann Ki Baat' programme.
Prime Minister Modi further said that Coast Guard officials not only look after coastal vigilance but also take care of the cleanliness, as they undertook a cleanliness drive last year.
Hailing the women personnel working in the Coast Guard, Prime Minister said, "Not many know that our Coast Guard also has women personnel and they work at par with their counterparts." The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) was formally established in 1978 by the Coast Guard Act, 1978, of the Parliament of India as an independent armed force of India.
It operates under the Ministry of Defence and works in close cooperation with the Indian Navy, the Department of Fisheries, the Department of Revenue (Customs) and the Central and State police forces.
The organization is headed by the Director General Indian Coast Guard (DGICG) exercising his overall command and superintendence from the Coast Guard Headquarters (CGHQ) located at New Delhi.
The Coast Guard 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.