Coastal security exercise 'Operation Sajag' was conducted off the western seaboard by the Indian Coast Guard on September 18, 2023.
'Operation Sajag' is an exercise conducted to engage all stakeholders enhancing coastal security.
Objective of organizing 'Operation Sajag':
- The 'Operation Sajag' maritime exercise aims to facilitate reassessment of coastal security mechanisms and enhance awareness among fishermen at sea.
- During the exercise, a comprehensive check and verification of essential documents and passes issued to the crew of all fishing boats, boats and small vessels at sea were carried out.
118 ships participated in the exercise:
- A total of 118 ships including Customs, Maritime Police, Ports and Indian Navy participated in the 'Operation Sajag' exercise.
Special emphasis on safety of fishermen in practice:
- In this exercise, emphasis has been laid on issuing biometric cards to fishermen, color coding of fishing boats as per each state, improving the system of fish landing centers with the aim of strengthening the coastal security system.
- Along with this, many measures like complete control at entry/exit check points and coastal mapping have been included to strengthen the coastal security system.
- The exercise also includes designating specific marine band frequencies for security agencies, training of marine police personnel by the Indian Coast Guard, etc.
- Biometric card readers have also been issued to security agencies. Apart from monitoring boats, island security and community outreach programs have been institutionalized under the coastal security regime.
Operation Sajag organized:
- A one-day exercise is conducted every month to improve the coastal security system and further action is taken based on the results obtained from it.
- The exercise enables to verify the implementation of various coastal security measures besides bringing out important training outcomes and presenting the trends achieved in coastal security.