Centre is actively considering creating a separate central marine police force (CMPF) on the lines of other central forces like CRPF and BSF to handle the security of 7,516 kilometre long Indian coastline up to the distance of 12 nautical miles in the sea.An official in the union home ministry said the proposal mooted by Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis during the recent meeting of coastal security has caught home minister Rajnath Singh’s attention who has asked the senior officials to serious consider the creation of CMPF.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fadnavis had suggested that marine policing being a specialized job, a Central Marine Police Force be created to protect sea, coast, ports and vital institutions. He also suggested that all landing points and non-major ports should be brought under tech based e-surveillance. Both these suggestions were supported by some States and UTs. The Indian Coast Guards is already in sync with the idea.Centre also thinks that given the limited resources available with state police and jurisdictional problems in the sea where state boundaries are not demarcated, a central marine police, having a dedicated cadre, can be really effective in tackling crimes up to 12 nautical miles (NM), after which the Indian Coast Guard takes over the charge up to 200 nautical miles.”This will also solve jurisdictional problems between the state marine police and the ICG as most of the crimes up to 12 NM fall under police and are not related to defence. Moreover, states really don’t have enough resources to equip its police to guard sea up to 12 NM. A specialised central police will also be better prepared and equipped to handle 26/11 type of terrorists,” said a top home ministry official.Given the huge Indian sea coastline and a number of important installations along it, the CMPF will have to have a huge cadre along with specialised state of the art equipment besides boats and choppers and would require vast resources, conceded the official.”We are planning to have another round of meeting of coastal states on this issue where we would take their suggestions and move ahead. It may take a few years as it is a gigantic task and would also need a separate Act,” the official added.

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Centre to create specialised central marine police