Rajnath reviews coastal security

New Delhi : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday reviewed coastal security and other issues during a meeting with officials of various government agencies.

The minister said that issues relating to coastal security, discussed during the meeting of parliament’s consultative committee on home ministry in Goa earlier, and points raised in this regard by a parliamentary standing committee should be addressed at the earliest and an action-taken report submitted immediately.

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Issues of biometric cards to fishermen and colour coding of fishing vessels were also discussed in the meeting, attended by officials of the home ministry, Inter-State Council Secretariat and the Registrar General of India, an official statement said.

The issues of mapping of coastal police stations, local police stations, fishing landing points, ports, customs and immigration checkposts in coastal areas of states and union territories were also discussed in detail, the statement added.

Singh told the officials that since these issues will be discussed with the states concerned on June 16 at Mumbai, all necessary actions should be taken this week itself.

The minister was told about the status of 131 coastal police stations sanctioned under Coastal Security Scheme Phase II, of which 108 stations have been already operationlised.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi also attendd the meeting.