Govt. to set up Coast Guard Dept
The Government will set up the Coast Guard Department to prevent
human smuggling, drug trafficking, pirating and illegal fishing in the
country's territorial waters under the Ministry of Defence, said Media
and Information Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa.
The Cabinet of Ministers approved a memorandum submitted by the
President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Minister of Defence, Public Security
and Law and Order to draft a Bill for the setting up of this Coast Guard
Department. The Draft Bill in respect of setting up the Coast Guard
Department will be produced before Parliament after it is referred to
the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Defence, Public Security,
Law and Order.