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11 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 11 March, 2018 02:10:52 AM
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Coast Guard plans to recruit permanent employees

DEEPAK ACHARJEE
Coast Guard plans to recruit permanent employees

Twenty-three years of its coming into being, Bangladesh Coast Guard has been running as an ‘organisation of deputed manpower’ with the para-military force failing to recruit permanent employees. Currently, the Coast Guard is running, hiring officers and sailors from the Bangladesh Navy on deputation for a period of three years, sources in the Coast Guard said. In this context, the paramilitary force, in cooperation with the home ministry, initiated the preparation of service rule to recruit sailors and officers permanently several times, but the initiatives failed due to bureaucratic tangles, the sources added.

After celebrating 23 years of the force recently, the Bangladesh Coast Guard has taken a move to make it a specialised force like as the United States Coast Guard (USCG) by recruiting permanent employees and purchasing high-powered equipments to ensure maritime security as well as protect blue economy. Director General (DG) of Coast Guard Rear Admiral AMMM Aurangzeb Chowdhury told The Independent that they have sent a proposal of preparing service rule of the force to the finance ministry after completing all the procedures even taking approval from the ministry of the public administration ministry in this regard, but the finance ministry returned the proposal.

“The paramilitary force will suffer if we fail to recruit permanent employees,” he said. Admiral Aurangzeb informed that they were giving the required trainings to their officers and sailors. “When they return to the Bangladesh Navy, the knowledge also goes with them and the force cannot reap any benefit from it. And that’s why the capabilities of the force do not get developed last 23 years,” he said.

The Coast Guard chief also said that they have again sent the proposal to the finance ministry fulfilling the ministry’s queries. “We hope that this time the ministry will approve the proposal and once we get the permission, we will start recruitment of our own employees within the shortest possible time,” he informed.

“We are planning to recruit officers directly under the proposed ‘Coast Guard Cadre’,” he added.  Sources said, the Coast Guard is going to introduce the ‘Coastal Monitoring System (CMS)’ in the country’s coastal areas and the sea boundary of the Bay for its surveillance properly.

The high-range radar and required software would be installed at the tower in the coastal outposts of the paramilitary force to introduce the new system. For strengthening the activities of the Coast Guard, the paramilitary force is planning to purchase all-weather capable ship, hovercraft, drone, helicopter and maritime patrol aircraft soon.

The coast guard is also going to install a ‘long range identification and tracking and vessel trafficking monitoring and information system’ to increase the force’s capacity.

Meanwhile, the paramilitary force, in cooperation with the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), a Unified Combatant Command of the US armed forces responsible for the Pacific Ocean area, has constructed at least 30 coastal crisis management centres (CCMC) at different points of the Bangladesh coastline to help the local people during disasters.

Bangladesh Coast Guard, whose motto is ‘Guardian at Sea’, started its operational activities with two patrol craft received from the Bangladesh Navy on February 14, 1995. The mission of Bangladesh Coast Guard is to control piracy, illegal trafficking, protect fisheries resources, oil, gas, forest resources, and stop environmental pollution in Bangladesh waters and coastal areas, ensure overall security and law and order through security assistance to sea ports, conduct relief and rescue operations in the coastal areas during natural calamity.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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