BSS-48 Govt takes steps to make coast guard more capable: Asaduzzaman

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Govt takes steps to make coast guard more capable: Asaduzzaman

DHAKA, Feb 14, 2019 (BSS) – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal today said the government has taken various measures to make the coast guard more capable to ensuring proper use of huge marine resources.

“The government has plans to add weather-capable ship, hovercraft, drone, helicopter and maritime patrol aircraft for this force to increase their capabilities,” he told the 24th anniversary function of Bangladesh Coast Guard at its headquarters in city’s Agargaon area.

He said Bangladesh Coast Guard has been playing an active role in protecting the law and order in maritime boundaries, coastal areas, fisheries and forest resources.

Despite having limited resources, the force is also working relentlessly in preventing infiltration, human trafficking, smuggling and piracy in the coastal areas of the country, he added.

He said the process of appointing manpower aiming at enhancing professional skill and competence of the coast guard members is underway. The minister hoped this force would work for uplifting ‘Blue Economy’ by utilizing maritime resources under the vision of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Coast Guard Director General Rear Admiral M Ashraful Haq gave the welcome speech at the beginning of the ceremony. Top military and civil officials of different forces, including Coast Guard and Navy, were present.

Earlier, the home minister distributed medals to 40 officers and employees.

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