A three-day mid career interaction between officers of Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and Indian Forest Service officers with the armed forces three services-Army, Navy and Air Force-was conducted by Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy at Maritime Warfare Centre (Kochi), naval base from 11-13 Sep.
‘Growing maritime challenges in the 21st century’ was the central theme for the interaction. A large number of Naval and civilian officers which included the District Collector of Ernakulam Mohammad Y Safirulla, and P Vijayan, IG interacted with the participants who had come from different parts of the country.
The interaction included a visit to naval ship INS Sharda and various operational and training establishments at Kochi and discussions on a variety of topics such as Historical perspective of national maritime security and the military value system, Challenges to effective policing in India, Difficulties associated with functioning of civil services, Disaster management in India: Civil Military co-ordination, Coastal Security: Challenges for Coastal State Civil Administration, Current maritime issues, Naval safety organisation, Naval operations, Inter services co-operation and Submarine warfare etc.
Such interactions are aimed at mutual learning from each other’s strength and also by imbibing the best practices from each other’s work culture, ethos and customs.