Indian Coast Guard Day is commemorated every year on February 1 to honour the crucial role that the organisation plays in defending the nation’s maritime interests. India will mark the 48th anniversary of Indian Coast Guard Day in 2024. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness about the Indian Coast Guard’s history and relevance. A dedicated and skilled group of officers and personnel work for the Indian Coast Guard, which is part of the Defense Ministry.
A coast guard is in-charge of organising rescue missions, recruiting volunteers, conducting searches, stopping smuggling through marine channels and watching over our nation’s boundaries. The Indian Navy, the Department of Revenue (Customs), the Department of Fisheries, the Central Armed Police Forces, and the State Police Services all collaborate closely with the coast guard.
Indian Coast Guard Foudation
A few months after the Indian Coast Guard was founded, on August 18, 1978, the Indian Parliament approved legislation creating the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Day. It was acknowledged that it was necessary to stop the sea-borne smuggling of products that harmed the nation’s internal economy. Since its inception, the ICG has prevented the deaths of almost 10,000 people and imprisoned over 14,000 criminals. Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal are the nine states that are connected by the Indian coastline, together with two associate regions—Daman and Diu and Puducherry.
The protection of coastlines and the thwarting of criminal activity, particularly, the avoidance of smuggling through marine routes, are among the Indian Coast Guard’s main duties. Additionally, they defend and support seamen and fishermen at sea. Since the Indian Coast Guard performs many missions, its job varies for various fields.
- Who was the first Director General of the Indian Coast Guard?
The first DG ICG was Vice Admiral V. A. Kamath, who was transferred from the Indian Navy.
2. What is the Indian Coast Guard mantra?
Their motto is “Semper Paratus,” which means to fight to rescue or to fight and die. Aye! We stand with you, Coast Guard.