The process of establishing a recruitment centre of the Indian Coast Guard has started in Uttarakhand. The centre will be set up with a budget of Rs 42 crore at Kaunwala in Dehradun and will prove beneficial for the youth of Uttarakhand and neighbouring states like Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat participated in the Bhoomi Pujan and the foundation stone laying ceremony at Kaunwala (Harawala) on Friday. The centre is expected to start functioning by the end of 2020 or early 2021. Presently, Indian Coast Guard operates its recruitment centre from four places-Noida, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. The Dehradun centre will be the fifth centre of the Indian Coast Guard- the first in any hill state. According to the official press release, once functional, the centre will conduct recruitment for 1,500 posts annually.

Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said, “With the opening of the Coast Guard recruitment centre in Uttarakhand, the youth of the state will get a chance to make a career in the coast guard. The Army, Air Force and Naval recruitment centres are already in Uttarakhand.”

Coast Guard Director General Rajendra Singh said that as a resident of Uttarakhand it was his desire to do something for the youth of his home state. Besides conducting recruitment drive, the Coast Guard will also be conducting a training programme on search and rescue operations for the State Disaster Response Force.