Friday, October 2, 2009

MHA for hiring ex-naval officers for coastal security

New Delhi, Oct 1 (PTI) Notwithstanding opposition from coastal states, the Union Home Ministry has asked them to hire ex-naval officials to strengthen policing along the shores.

The directive came from Home Minister P Chidambaram, who has said that if ex-Indian Air Force pilots could be hired for operating helicopters, then why not ex-seamen and sailors to operate the boats.

"States must make efforts of their own," a top Home Ministry official said.

The Home Ministry recently procured two Interceptor boats in September raising the total to 24. The shortfall of 12 such boats was expected to be completed by end of this year.

States have expressed reservations over setting up of coastal police stations saying the Indian waters should be guarded by the Navy or by the Coast Guards and the police should be kept out of it.


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