Rakesh Pal has taken over as the 25th Director General (DG) of the Indian Coast Guard, bringing a renewed focus on anti-drug operations and self-reliant growth in India. Let’s delve into his priorities and plans for the Indian Coast Guard’s future.
Main Focus: Anti-Drug Operations and Coastal Security
Upon assuming the leadership, Rakesh Pal expressed his commitment to combatting drug-related activities and ensuring that the coasts are not exploited for drug trafficking. The Indian Coast Guard is actively strategizing to ensure comprehensive surveillance and thwart any attempts of drug transshipment by sea. The aim is to keep the coastal waters free from such illicit activities.
Emphasizing Coastal Security Apparatus
Rakesh Pal stresses the importance of maintaining a strong and gap-free coastal security apparatus. Through effective coordination with multi-stake agencies, the Indian Coast Guard aims to enhance the security of India’s coastline and territorial waters.
Aligned with ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ Vision
In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (Self-Reliant India), the Indian Coast Guard is focusing on indigenization efforts. With the goal of achieving at least 60% to 70% indigenization of their equipment and platforms, the Coast Guard aims to become more self-reliant. They have formed a dedicated team to explore manufacturing opportunities within the country.
Rakesh Pal’s Background and Career
Rakesh Pal is an alumnus of the prestigious Indian Naval Academy and joined the Indian Coast Guard in January 1989. He was elevated to the rank of Additional Director General in February 2022 and was posted at Coast Guard Headquarters, New Delhi. In February 2023, he was entrusted with the additional charge of Director General Coast Guard.
The Indian Coast Guard, under Rakesh Pal’s leadership, is poised to take a proactive stance in safeguarding the nation’s coastal boundaries and combatting the menace of drug trafficking.
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