Stating that the cards would be distributed within a fortnight, State Fisheries Director Nandkumar Verlekar informed around 10,000-odd fishermen living along the State’s coastline will be given these cards, which contain all relevant information about them in a coded format.
“All fishermen in Goa have been covered under the project”, he said and further informed that the students and faculty of a Kerala-based institute completed this project after holding several camps in the state.
Under this project of the Centre, the fishermen have been photographed and their personal details and thumb impression documented and stored in the card. The project was envisaged after the sea-borne terror attack in Mumbai in November 2008.
The fishermen will have to re-validate their cards on 15th June every year; he said and further added that the data in the bio-metric cards can be decoded with the help of a machine. Decoding machines would be provided to security agencies like Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and Goa Marine Police, engaged in coastal patrolling.