Raising Day of ICG | 01 Feb 2024

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) celebrated its 48th Raising Day on 1st February 2024.

  • The interim Indian Coast Guard (ICG) came into being on 1st February 1977. The ICG in its present shape was formally inaugurated on 18th August 1978 as an independent armed force of the Union government with the enactment of the Coast Guard Act 1978, to prevent the sea-borne smuggling of goods that hampered the economy.
    • The ICG is India's maritime security force, the responsibilities of the ICG include offshore security, marine safety, and coastal security as well as safeguarding India’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
  • The force maintains order in international shipping lanes and India's vast seas.
  • According to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, ICG department is ranked as the fourth largest Coast Guard in the world.

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