29 Dec 2021 Mission Sagar
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Mission Sagar- Today Current Affairs
- Recently INS Kesari has reached the port of ‘Maputo’ (Mozambique) to deliver 500 tonnes of food aid to meet the concurrent challenges of the ongoing drought and pandemic to support the efforts of the Government of Mozambique.
- India has also given two fast interceptor craft and self-defense military equipment to Mozambique.
- This is the eighth such deployment in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Security and Development for All in the Region’ (SAGAR) and is being conducted in close coordination with the Ministry of External Affairs and other agencies of the Government of India.
- ‘Mission Sagar’ launched in May 2020 was India’s initiative to provide COVID-19 related assistance to countries in the Indian Ocean littoral states. Under this countries like Maldives, Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros and Seychelles were included. The Hindu Analysis.
- Under ‘Mission Sagar’ the Indian Navy is deploying its ships to send medical and humanitarian aid to the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and its littoral countries.
- Under this mission, the Indian Navy has provided over 3,000 metric tonnes of food aid, over 300 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen, 900 oxygen concentrators and 20 ISO containers to 15 friendly countries.
- INS Airavat delivered food aid to Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti and Eritrea in November 2020 as part of Mission Sagar-II.
- Mission Sagar-III is part of India’s humanitarian aid and disaster relief assistance to friendly countries during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Hindu Analysis.
- This assistance has also been given to Vietnam and Cambodia. It highlights the importance given to ASEAN countries and further strengthens the existing ties.
India’s Extended Maritime Neighborhood:
- The deployment has been conducted in solidarity with India’s extended maritime neighbourhood, and highlights the importance of India through these special ties.
- This is in line with India’s role as a first responder in times of need for friendly nations.
Useful in combating terrorism:
- This will be a useful tool as the northern region of Mozambique is vulnerable to terrorism.
- The terrorist group Islamic State, also known as Da’esh, its ally, has spread rapidly in Central Africa.
Tackling Common Maritime Challenges:
- It also helps combat maritime challenges common in the region (traditional maritime conflict between nation-states, environmental threats, threats posed by other-states, maritime terrorism and piracy), illicit maritime trade and smuggling.
- It was a major topic of discussion at the second edition of the Goa Maritime Conclave in November (2021), which brings together the countries of the Indian Ocean region.
SAGAR Initiative: The Hindu Analysis
- The Sagar Initiative (Security and Growth for All in the Region-SAGAR) was launched in the year 2015. It is India’s strategic initiative for the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
- Through SAGAR, India seeks to strengthen economic and security cooperation with its maritime neighbors and assist in building their maritime security capabilities.
- In addition, India seeks to protect its national interests and ensure that the Indian Ocean region is inclusive, cooperative and respects international law.
- The major relevance of Sagar comes to the fore when India’s other policies affecting the maritime sector, such as the Act East Policy, Project Sagarmala, Project Mausam, are seen as a ‘net security provider’ over the Blue Economy, etc.