Friday, 25 November 2011

Coast Guard headless for close to 4 weeks

Oh yes,this is the true story!

Coast Guard headless for close to 4 weeks
Clean Media Correspondent 

New Delhi, Nov 25 (CMC): As the country observes the third anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks, the Coast Guard is without a head for the last four weeks. 
The issue of appointment for the post appears is lying with the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC).
After Vice Admiral Anil Chopra moved to head Eastern Naval Command in Vishakhapatnam on October 31, Navy's Chief of Personnel Vice Admiral M P Murlidharan has been officiating as the Director General of CG. 
The post of DG, Coast Guard, has been lying vacant for close to four weeks now as the ACC has not yet approved the appointment recommended by the Defence Ministry, Government sources said here. 
The Defence Ministry has recommended Vice Admiral Murlidharan's name for the post, they said.
The reason for the delay in finalising the appointment was not known yet. 
After the attacks on Mumbai in 2008, the Government has taken several strong steps to plug the loopholes in coastal security and Defence Minister A K Antony has been reviewing the preparedness of the Navy and the Coast Guard at regular intervals. 
To revamp the coastal security mechanism post 26/11, the government had sanctioned several fast-track acquisitions of equipment worth thousands of crores rupees, like fast attack craft, patrolling vessels, Dornier surveillance aircraft, helicopters and coastal radars. 
The number and size of the Coast Guard personnel and assets has also been sanctioned to be doubled from its present size in a phased manner. 

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