Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has announced plans to turn the Bangladesh Coast Guard into a modern independent force by recruiting its own manpower.
The Coast Guard will soon have modern offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), hovercraft and other high-tech vessels, he said.The home minister told reporters at a ceremony marking the 26th founding anniversary of the force at Coast Guard headquarters in the capital’s Agargaon on Sunday. He was present as the chief guest.
The minister said, “There are 4,000 members in the Coast Guard. We have plans to recruit own manpower in the Coast Guard. Once it starts, the Coast Guard will have its own members who will be able to serve the force permanently.”
Director General of the Bangladesh Coast Guard Rear Admiral M Ashraful Haque said that the modernization and capacity building of the force continues due to the patronage of the Prime Minister and the appropriate and timely direction of the home ministry. Mostafa Kamal Uddin, Senior Secretary to security service division of the home ministry and other military and civil officers were present on the occasion.
At the programme, a total of 40 personnel of the Bangladesh Coast Guard received medals for their significant contribution to development, courageous operations and service work. The medals have been given in four categories -- Bangladesh Coast Guard Award (BCGM), President Coast Guard Award (PCGM), Bangladesh Coast Guard (Service) Award (BCGMS) and President Coast Guard (Service) Award (PCGMS). Of the 40 personnel, 10 received the prestigious Bangladesh Coast Guard Award, 10 the President Coast Guard Award, 10 the Bangladesh Coast Guard (service) Award and 10 received the President Coast Guard (service) Award.
Those who have received Bangladesh Coast Guard Award are -- Rear Admiral M Ashraful Haque, Captain SM Moin Uddin, Lt. Commander M Sajjad Hossain, Lt. Commander Imtiaz Alam, Lt. Commander Shah Zia Rahman, Lt. Commander M Mehedi Hasan, Md. Jahangir Alam, Mohammad Ali, Mahmud Sharif and M Abu Hanif.
Bangladesh Coast Guard (Service) Award medalists are -- Rear Admiral M Shahjahan, Captain M Nurul Islam Sharif, Commander SM Anwarul Karim, Surgeon Lt. Commander Fatema Tuj Johra, Md. Yaqub Ali, Md. Mamun Mia, Md. Monaim Hossain, Md. Saifur Rahman, Mamun-ur-Rashid and Md. Shahinul Haque.Those who have received President Coast Guard Award are -- Captain SM Sharif-ul Islam, Commander Md. Nizam Uddin Sardar, Lt. Commander M Firoz Khan, Lt. Commander M Bayezid, M Abdur Razzak, Md. Rezaul Karim, M Sohrab Hossain, M Yadul Islam, Md Sumon Mia and Md Ashiq Iqbal Shakil.
President Coast Guard (Service) Award medalists are -- Commander M Mahfuzur Rahman, Commander M Ashraful Alam, Commander M Lokman Hakim, Lt. Commander Mostafa Tariq Haider, honorary Sub-Lieutenant Mohammad Sekil, M Abdus Salam Mia, M Saiful Islam, Yusuf Al Mamun, Md Atiqul Bari and Md Yakub Monna.
Director General of Bangladesh Coast Guard Rear Admiral M Ashraful Haque received the Bangladesh Coast Guard Medal this year in recognition of his fearless contribution, heroism and courageous work.