Chief Minister of Gujarat Awards Best Initiative Award to Indian Coast Guard
Indian Coast Guard was awarded best initiative award by Honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Bhupendrabhai Patel in the presence of Honourable MoS-Home Government of Gujarat Shri Harsh Sanghavi during a function organized by Gujarat First Media Group on 09 August 2023 at Mahatma Mandir Gandhinagar.
The award was in recognition of numerous anti-smuggling operations undertaken off the coast of Gujarat & HADR efforts during recent cyclone Biparjoy. It may be noted that, in the last two years, the Indian Coast Guard has undertaken 08 joint operations in collaboration with ATS, Gujarat Police wherein 407 Kgs of Heroin have been apprehended worth Rs 2355 Crore. Also, Ships and Aircraft of the Indian Coast Guard had saved 145 lives at seas, braving adverse sea and weather conditions. Midnight Rescue of 07 fishermen from stranded Fishing Boat near Diu in August 21, Rescue of 22 seafarers from MV Global King-I that had sunk 105 NM from Porbandar in July 22 and challenging evacuation of 50 men from Oil Rig ‘Key Singapore’ near Okha during recent cyclone Biprajoy and some of the prominent mission undertaken in the recent past.
The award was received by Inspector General AK Harbola, TM, Commander Coast Guard Region (North West).