TNN | Updated: Nov 11, 2019, 4:05 IST

Madurai: The fisheries department has proposed providing 500 more satellite phones to fishermen as part of strengthening direct communication with the fishermen engaged in multi-day deep sea fishing. The proposal is under the consideration of the State Disaster Management Authority.
It has been proposed through the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), that each satellite phone set along with the license worth Rs 96,000 will be provided to each boat at a 75 per cent subsidy. The boat owner will have to pay only Rs 24,000, fisheries director G S Sameeran said.
The subsidy that runs to the tune of Rs 3.6 crore at Rs 72,000 per boat is likely to be met through the World Bank projects. These 500 satellite phones are in addition to 160 such satellite phones that have already been given away to deep sea fishing boats in the state.
On Monday, the fisheries secretary to the Government of India will chair a high-level meeting with the top fisheries officials from all states to discuss various communication and tracking devices that are available and that can be used by different types of marine fishing vessels. Fisheries officials from Tamil Nadu – the state that pioneers in deep sea fishing in the country – will be making a presentation at the meeting.

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