Perspective: Maritime Security

In this episode of the Perspective Prog. based on Maritime Security. With a coastline of over 7000 KM, Maritime security is an important aspect of national security for India. The Government of India is implementing Coastal Security Scheme, in phases, to strengthen security of coastal areas against sea borne threats. The Coastal Security Scheme aims to augment the capabilities of police force of coastal states and UTs for patrolling and surveillance in territorial waters especially shallow waters close to the coast. India also has growing strategic interest due to its strong economic and political relations with Southeast Asian countries coupled with concerns about the safety of the sea lanes. At the 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue Prime Minister Narendra Modi outlined the vision for free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific region which was universally welcomed. Later at the 14th East Asia Summit (EAS) in 2019, Prime Minister Modi announced the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative or IPOI as practical implementation of this shared Vision for the Indo-Pacific with a focus on collaborative effort to better manage, conserve, sustain and secure this maritime domain. In August this year under India’s presidency United Nations Security Council also hosted a high level open debate on enhancing Maritime Security. So what are various key aspects of Maritime Security and what is being done by India to tackle all the challenges in this domain.

1. Hitendra Singh, Former DIG, Indian Coast Guard
2. Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha (Retd.), Maritime Security Expert
3. Alok Bansal, Director, India Foundation

Anchor: Vishal Dahiya

Producer: Amit Srivastav, Sagheer Ahmad

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