Why is Indian Coast Guard Day celebrated on February 1? Things you need to know about the water warriors
The Indian Coast Guard observed its raising day on 1 February every year. This year the Guard is celebrating its 46th Raising Day.
On this occasion, PM Modi along with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national president JP Nadda, and many other leaders extended warm greetings to the brave Indian coast guard personnel and their families.
Best wishes to the Indian Coast Guard family on their Raising Day.
An organisation of great strategic importance, our Coast Guard is an outstanding team of professionals, who steadfastly secure our coasts and also are at the forefront of humanitarian efforts. @IndiaCoastGuard pic.twitter.com/3OiyQ1ZJfoAdvertisement
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 1, 2022
The maritime law enforcement and search and rescue agency was established officially on 1 February in 1977 by the Coast Guard Act, 1978, of the Parliament of India. It comes under the Ministry of Defence.
The guard was first proposed by the Indian Navy to provide non-military service to the nation. Now it works closely with the Indian Navy, the Department of Fisheries, Revenue (Customs), and the Central and State police forces.
The motto of the Indian Coast Guard is Vayam Rakshamah, which is Sanskrit for ‘We Protect’.
Role of ICG
The main role of the ICG is to ensure that the artificial islands at the sea are protected along with assisting the fishermen and mariners at the sea, assisting the Dept. of Customs in conducting anti-smuggling operations. Additionally, the ICG collects scientific data provides assistance to offshore terminals, installations and is responsible for protecting and preserving the marine ecology.
The ICG is a proud association that has been credited to saving more than 10,000 lives and battling around 40,000 miscreants since its establishment. The Coast Guard also saves a lot of lives daily at the sea.
We wish the Indian Coast Guard all the best!
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