Director General, Coast Guard Mr. Rajendra Singh, PTM, TM, called on ONGC CMD Mr. D. K. Sarraf, in the latter’s New Delhi office . ED – Chief Security, Mr. Devesh Chandra Srivastva, IPS, was also present on the occasion. During the interaction, Mr. Singh complimented the work of ONGC towards ‘Energy Security’ of the nation and nation building. He also assured CMD of their continued support in the security of vital offshore installations and explained in detail about the various steps being taken by the Coast Guard to further augment the coastal security set up.
During the meeting, he elaborated the concept of coastal security in India and the role of Coast Guard in the entire scheme of things, while requesting ONGC for being proactive in ensuring security of their offshore installations.
Mr. Sarraf, while appreciating the efforts of Coast Guard in the past, search / rescue operations and security of offshore ONGC installations, hoped that in the fragile security scenario and heightened threat perception, ONGC would receive better support from the Coast Guard / Navy. CMD also observed that all the relevant issues are being discussed in the six monthly Offshore Coordination Committee meeting being convened by ONGC and extended his full support for resolution of various pending issues, as well. During the meeting, DG, Coast Guard also disclosed that he started his career as a Geophysicist in ONGC, KDMIPE, Dehradun, after doing his post-graduation in Science before moving to join the Coast Guard in 1980.
Lastly, the DG Coast Guard also presented a memento and a coffee table book of Coast Guard to CMD, ONGC, and Mr. Devesh Chandra Srivastva, IPS, ED – Chief Security. He also invited CMD, ONGC to visit the Coast Guard HQrs., New Delhi for first hand briefing about their operations and familiarisation with their officers.