Appointment of National Maritime Security Coordinator (NMSC)
Recently, the National Maritime Security Coordinator (NMSC) will be appointed by the Central Government.
- Two decades after the recommendation of the Kargil Review Committee, the central government is preparing to appoint a National Maritime Security Coordinator (NMSC).
- It aims to enhance India’s security infrastructure and energy security.
About National Maritime Security Coordinator (NMSC)
- It will act as an interface between the civil and military maritime domains.
- It will function under the National Security Advisor (NSA).
- It will be the government’s principal advisor on the maritime security sector.
- Maritime security is a general term for the protection of both internal and external maritime vessels. Threats that require protection for ships and adjacent operations include terrorism, maritime piracy, piracy, illegal smuggling of goods and people, illegal fishing, and pollution.
Importance of NMSC
- Efficiency Improvement: Since the Navy, Coast Guard and State Maritime Boards all work without any co-operation with overlapping jurisdictions and there is also a constant lack of coordination with each other.
- Maritime and energy security: It is known that China is planning to reach the eastern seaboard of Africa through the Indian maritime zone.
- The creation of NMSC is part of the Act East Policy Vision, which also includes Security and Growth of All in the Region: SAGAR/SAGAR, Deep Ocean Mission and Sagarmala Project.
Source – The Hindu