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Security in Non Major ports of Maharashtra to be tightened up

Maharashtra government has set up a high powered committee to address issues concerning Maritime security of non major ports in the states in the wake of reports of large scale smuggling of narcotics from Afghanistan through Gulf countries.

The ten-member committee, headed by the additional chief secretary (ports), will be reviewing the roles & responsibilities of various agencies in order to curb the threats of narcotics/contraband smuggling and human trafficking and will identify new surveillance technology & marine assets for augmenting current efforts for strengthening coastal security and take necessary measures for recruitment and training of marine/security professionals in police & fisheries departments.

The objective of the committee is to review the timely implementation of various proposals and schemes of both the central and state governments pertaining to coastal security, to ensure effective coordination among various central and state agencies, to review the role & responsibilities of various agencies in tackling threats of narcotics/contraband smuggling and human trafficking.

"The other objectives of the committee include identify grey areas requiring specific attention by central and state agencies, to workout methodology for optimal utilization of available resources for achieving complete surveillance, to identify new surveillance technology & marine assets for augmenting current efforts for strengthening coastal security and to take necessary measures for recruitment and training of marine/security professionals in police & fisheries departments," added officials.

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