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Friday, May 27, 2016

Goa to get four special boats for coastal security

PANAJI: To enhance the coastal security preparedness of Goa, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs will provide additional coastal surveillance boats and funds for training and to procure equipment.
Addressing the media at the BJP’s state office, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju Friday said that Goa would be provided with four coastal surveillance boats each worth Rs 4 crore to enhance the state’s capacity in securing the coastline.
Presently, the Goa coastal police has nine boats of which six are of 12 tonne capacity and three of 5 tonne capacity each.
Rijiju said that his ministry has made a proposal to the Finance Ministry and once approved, the central government would be able to provide more funds to the states. “We always perceived that the coastal states were safe. But the recent threats received from the sea have made us enhance the security along the coastline,” he said.
When the minister was asked about the anti-terror squad (ATS) lacking the basic equipment such as bulletproof jackets, he said that due to financial constraints, the states have underfunded the police. The Union ministry in its security proposals for the country has demanded additional funds to finance the states in strengthening the security, he said.
Stating that Goa, being an international tourist destination, is being backed by robust security arrangement, Rijiju said that a multi-agency system is in place to monitor the security of the state. There is proper coordination and sharing of information by the agencies, he said.
Responding to queries on the misuse of social media and the relative threats by people trolling and stalking individuals, especially women, he said that the matter was discussed during a recent conference of all top officials of internal security agencies. He said that the state police needs to augment its capacity in handling threats from social media, and train the police force with the latest advancements in technology. He also advocated the need for more police training colleges equipped with technology-driven instructions.

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