Port Blair, June 03: Inspector General KR Suresh, Tatrakshak Medal is relinquishing Command of Coast Guard Region (A&N) and will be passing the baton to Inspector General MV Pathak on 04 Jun 2018 after serving in A&N Region for one year. The dynamic leadership of IG KR Suresh has stressed Coast Guard organisation in A&N Islands to perform immensely towards safety and security of Islanders, Fisher folks and Mariners. During his tenure, Coast Guard ships and aircraft rescued 65 precious lives in different maritime SAR operations and evacuated 10 critically/medically ill patients from remote Islands/Sea.
IG KR Suresh had maintained focus on contributing Safety and Security of the Islands and worked in close coordination with A&N Administration and Andaman & Nicobar Command for establishing robust mechanisms. His concentrated efforts lead to accretion of five (05) ships in Coast Guard A&N Fleet. The emphasis on surveillance and security patrols also resulted in reduced poaching activity in the region. Three (03) major Coastal Security exercises were conducted during his period for developing synergy between all the stake holders with wide range of operational and administrative experience. The maiden exercise on mass rescue operation and regional level marine pollution response exercise was also conducted during his tenure for capacity building of stake holders. The Flag Officer was instrumental in institutionalizing and revising various standard operating procedures pertaining to ICG Andaman and Nicobar Region.
With an aim to integrate fishermen community in maritime security, a total of 162 Community Interaction Programmes were conducted by Coast Guard units throughout A&N Islands. These programmes were also used to educate fishermen on safe fishing practices and instill sense of security among them.
Various Govt of India flagship prorammes like ‘Swachh Bharat / Swachh Sagar Abhyan’, ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha/Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana were undertaken regularly to promote various steps of clean India campaign, create awareness amongst Isles populace to save and educate girl child and elucidate the benefits of insurance policies extended by the govt. To encourage participation for fishing community, free medical camps were also conducted at remote areas/ Islands. Coast Guard in A&N Region was projected as Islanders friendly service by rigorous conduct of Govt flagship programmes in all remote areas of far flung Islands.
In the past year special emphasis has been laid on development of operational infrastructure. Fructification of all these projects is bound to give major fillip to Coast Guard operations in A&N region in near future and enhance the safety and security of sea around these pristine Islands.
In his farewell address, the Flag officer appreciated the overall development of the Indian Coast Guard in the Region and advised CG personnel to stay focused towards the concerns and safety of the Islanders.
On transfer from Port Blair, Inspector General KR Suresh, will assume charge as the Deputy Director General (Ops and Coastal Security) at Coast Guard Headquarters, New Delhi.