The Navy is educating fishermen in the State on the dangers of crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL), Commodore Amar K. Mahadevan, Naval Officer-in-charge (Tamil Nadu and Puducherry), said on Wednesday.

“Most of the boats are equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) devices that give an accurate location on the sea. We have periodical meetings with the Sri Lankan Navy and they allege that our fishermen cross the IMBL…but that does not condone any attack on our people,” he told reporters.

Replying to a question on the protection of fishermen, who often accuse the Sri Lankan Navy of attacking them, Commodore Mahadevan said the Navy and Coast Guard were maintaining a close surveillance along the IMBL with the help of ships and helicopters.

“We patrol the IMBL to prevent any violence on our people. But what happens across (the boundary line) is beyond our control. During the meetings with the Sri Lankan Navy, we have voiced our concern.”

He said for the first time, question papers for naval recruitments would be provided in the regional language.

“We have requested the headquarters to give the question papers in the local language. This is being done to facilitate induction of more candidates from the region.”

Earlier, Commodore Mahadevan launched the official website of Navy Week celebrations 2011 (www.navyballchennai.com), which provides information on various activities planned this year, including the Navy Queen 2011 event.

He said a few ships and naval establishments would be open to the public as part of the celebrations.

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