“ANDAMAN –NICOBAR COMMAND (ANC) A CATALYST IN DEVELOPMENT OF THE ARCHIPELAGO” SAYS VICE ADMIRAL VIJAY SHANKAR; SEMINAR ON SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT CONCLUDES AT PORT BLAIR ON A PURPOSEFUL NOTE.
Saturday, September 05, 2009
The two days seminar on security and development of Andaman and Nicobar islands concluded today at Port Blair on a purposeful note with the commander –in –chief of ANC, Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar, Summing up a comprehensive security plan, going hand in hand with the development.
Speaking on the occasion, vice Admiral Shankar said “Security and development of these islands are the two sides of the same coin. Security without development is point less and development without security is like an able boxer with his guards down. The ANC has always been a catalyst in the development of these islands. We will ensure that security and development is achieved while maintaining the ecological balance.”
The seminar on the island development was inaugurated yesterday by H.E Dr APJ Abdul Kalam with his visionary inaugural address. During the seminar various speakers such as Mr Shyam Saran IFS, Real Admiral Raja Menon, DIG KR Nautiyal of Coast Guard, Dr R Chidambaram Principal scientific adviser to Government of India, addressed the participants. Topics such as strategic and geopolitical overview of the region, evolution of strategic Concerns, determinants of security of Islands, Chinese and other regional powers interests, India’s foreign policy and the A & N Islands were discussed in detail.
The Andaman & Nicobar Command’s initiative of hosting such a seminar to rightly evolve ideas and transforming them into action plan is viewed as a watershed event in the history of the archipelago. The seminar rightly justifies the ANC’s mission statement- “The Nations ‘Look East Policy’ is the engine that will drive the functioning of the ANC in the near to intermediate future. Our mission begins with an assurance of
unimpeded use of the seas in our areas of responsibility. Primary to this realization is persistent an all pervasive surveillance by land, sea and air and the ability to mount rapid and punitive action against exertions inimical to our interest. Precision planning, synergy with all intelligence resources in the command’s area of interests, coalescing with the efforts of likeminded littorals, networking with all regional operational information assets an robust maintenance and logistics will be key enablers. Our abiding faith in the credo of joint ness will ensure both focus and unity to our actions.”
Maj Gen AK Chaturvedi, Chief of Staff of Andaman and Nicobar Command in his closing address said “that there is a great potential for the development of the archipelago but there also are gaps between potential and reality. Through interministerial and multi agency synergy this gap would be bridged. We shall not only provide a security environment where the development will flourish, but also contribute in ways that the look east policy achieves what it aims”
“ANDAMAN –NICOBAR COMMAND (ANC) A CATALYST IN DEVELOPMENT OF THE ARCHIPELAGO” SAYS VICE ADMIRAL VIJAY SHANKAR: SEMINAR ON SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT CONCLUDES AT PORT BLAIR ON A PURPOSEFUL NOTE.
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