Centre launched Mission Sagar for assistance to Indian Ocean nations amid COVID-19 crisis

Highlights:

  • Government of India launched "Mission Sagar" on 10 May. 
  • The aim is to provide assistance to Indian Ocean Region Nations amid the coronavirus crisis. 
  • The operation is being progressed in coordination with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). 
  • The mission is in line with the Prime Minister's vision of SAGAR.
Mission Sagar: A fact file
  • The mission is a part of the Government of India outreach amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Under the mission, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kesari has departed for Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar, and Comoros, to provide Food Items, COVID related Medicines including HCQ Tablets and Special Ayurvedic Medicines with Medical Assistance Teams.
  • The Ship will deliver consignments of COVID related essential medicines including Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets, to Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros and Seychelles and about 600 tonnes of food items to the Maldives.
What is SAGAR Vision ?
  • In 2015, GoI introduced its vision of the Indian Ocean called Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR). 
  • The aim is to seek economic and security cooperation with India's neighbours, especially maritime neighbours, under the vision. 
  • Under this vision, India would cooperate on the exchange of information, the building of infrastructure, coastal surveillance, and strengthening mutual capabilities with its neighbour countries.