2008 Mumbai attacks Current Affairs - 2020

ICGS Sachet Commissioned in Goa: First Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel

On May 15, 2020, the Indian Coast Guard commissioned the first Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel, ICGS Sachet in Goa. The ceremony was chaired by the Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh virtually.

Highlights

ICGS Sachet is one of the five ships under CGOPV (Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vehicle) project. The project was a follow-on project of the earlier six ship CGOPV project that was completed in 2017.

About ICGS Sachet

All the five ships including ICGS Sachet are 105 metres long and are capable of carrying 2,350 tonnes of load. These vessels are fitted with technologically advanced machinery and control systems. They make them the most advance patrol vessels in the Indian Coast Guard system.

The ships have been designed to carry five high speed boats and twin-engine light helicopters.

CG OPV project

Under the CG OPV that completed in 2017, six Samarth-class ships were commissioned to the Indian Coast Guard. They are now in operation with the ICG.

Samarth Class OPV

The Samarth Class OPV were preceded by the Vishwast Class OPV and succeeded by the Vikram Class OPVs. It was initiated following the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Because, the intelligence unit found that the terrorists involved in the attack reached India by seas.

National Intelligence Grid will begin operating from December 31, 2020

On 20 November, 2019, it was announced in Lok Sabha that the ambitious National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) project will begin by December 31. 2020.

National Intelligence Grid

The NATGRID is a counter terrorism Programme. The grid connects databases of core security agencies of India. It utilizes technologies like Big Data to study and analyze huge amounts of data from various intelligence and enforcement agencies. It was first proposed after the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.

Functions

The network collates data from various agencies and ministries of GoI. The data includes credit card transactions, bank account details, tax details, visa, immigration records and air travel.

Implementations

NATGRID is being implemented in four phases. The first two phases were approved in 2011. However, their implementation slowed down after 2012 due to political reasons. The third and fourth phases required amendments of several laws and hence were delayed. In all, the NATGRID has never seen an effective implementation so far. Unlike NCTC and NIA, the NATGRID will simply act as a tool to the security agencies.

It also faced several oppositions in terms of privacy and leakage of confidential personal information.