MISSION SAGAR INITIATIVE | EXPLAINED
GS Paper III: Disaster and disaster management.
Context: As part of a Mission Sagar Initiative, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kesari, is carrying food items and medical assistance teams, to countries in the southern Indian Ocean to deal with Covid-19 pandemic .
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What you need to know about Mission Sagar Initiative?
- Under the Mission Sagar Initiative, following role will be played by India.
- Deployment of Medical Assistance Teams in Mauritius and Comoros, helping their Governments deal with Covid emergency and in case of Comoros, with dengue fever also.
- Delivering consignments of Covid related essential medicines to Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros and Seychelles and about 600 tonnes of food items to Maldives.
- Also, in case of Mauritius, a special consignment of Ayurvedic medicines is also being sent.
- The consignments also include Hydroxychloroquine tablets.
- The countries across the Indian Ocean including Maldives, Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros and Seychelles had requested India for assistance in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros and Seychelles along with La Réunion are part of Indian Ocean Commission. India has recently become an observer to the Commission.
- This is for the first time that a single assistance mission is covering all island countries of the western Indian Ocean in a single mission— except Sri Lanka, for which a second set of medicines have been airlifted.
- The assistance under this mission is in line with India’s role as the first responder in the Indian Ocean region.
- It highlights the importance accorded by India to relations with her neighbouring countries and further strengthens the existing bond.
- Further, the deployment is also in consonance with the Prime Minister’s vision of Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR).
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What else you need to know about SAGAR?
- Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) programme was launched in 2015. It is India’s strategic vision for the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
- With the help of this Programme, India seeks to deepen economic and security cooperation with its maritime neighbours and assist in building their maritime security capabilities.
- Further, India seeks to safeguard its national interests and ensure Indian Ocean region to become inclusive, collaborative and respect international law.
- The major significance of SAGAR can be understood when it is seen in conjunction with India’s other policies that impacts its maritime domain like Act East Policy, Project Sagarmala, Project Mausam, India as ‘net security provider’, focus on Blue Economy etc.
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