Final phase of issuing cards in coastal villages of Cuddalore district to begin on October 19; 9,000 fishermen will be covered

The Tamil Nadu Fisheries Department has taken all out measures to issue bio-metric identity cards to the coastal fishermen of Cuddalore district.

6,000 covered

“Already two phases of registering the biometric details of fishermen in the coastal villages of Cuddalore district has been completed, covering more than 6,000 fishermen.

In the final phase to be carried out from October 19 to 29, 9,000 fishermen will be covered,” said P. Sekar, Assistant Director of the Tamil Nadu Fisheries Department.

The objectives of issuing the biometric identity cards are to ensure safety and security of fishermen and insulate coastal areas from illegal entry of anti-social elements.

Perusal of the biometric identity card would reveal the complete details of a fisherman. The card would also serve as a vital document for the fishermen to get welfare measures meant for them.

Mr. Sekar said that on the earlier occasions, official teams from Chennai came here and registered details of the fishermen, including fingerprints of both hands.

The Indian Coast Guard was insisting that all sea-faring fishermen carried biometric identity cards without fail.

The cards would help the authorities trace the missing fishermen during inclement weather and natural calamities and also retrieve those fishermen who would either get drifted on the high seas owing to engine snag or those who are illegally detained by foreign forces.

It was necessary for all the fishermen, including vessel owners and their employees, to carry the cards while going out for fishing.

Mr. Sekar said that official teams would visit the coastal villages on scheduled dates, which would be announced soon, for recording the biometric details.

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