Thursday, October 22, 2009

Maritime Security Adviser to be appointed soon: Antony

New Delhi, Oct 22 (PTI) Defence Minister A K Antony today indicated that the government will soon create the post of Maritime Security Adviser (MSA) and advocated strengthening of marine police wing in all coastal states to prevent Mumbai-type terror attacks.

"We are moving in the right direction. I am personally monitoring it. So are the Cabinet Secretary and Home Ministry.

All of us are jointly doing it," Antony said when asked about delays in appointing a MSA.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Navy Commanders Conference that kicked off here, Antony said Marine Police was a new concept and all the Coastal States should a separate marine police wing.

"All coastal states should strengthen the marine police. The Navy and Coast Guard will provide them training.

It is a new force and they need all support," he said.

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