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Odisha: 50,000 fishermen to get ID cards by June-end in Odisha June 17,2016   |  Source: The New Indian Express

The Odisha Government plans to complete distribution of biometric ID cards to the marine fishermen by the end of this month. It will also go for colour-coding of fishing vessels for facilitating surveillance. At the national meeting on coastal security in Mumbai, chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the Odisha Government informed that it would conduct mop-up camps to complete issue of biometric ID cards to fishermen families living in the coastal districts of the State. It aims to cover at least 50,000 left out villagers by the end of June. In view of the threat of infiltration through the sea routes, the coastal States have been identifying the residents, mostly fishermen communities. The identified families are issued biometric ID cards. So far, 2.53 lakh biometric cards have been issued by the State Government. “The Government will hold mop up camps between June 20 and 30 for covering another 50,000 families under the scheme,” sources said. The Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) supplies the cards while hand-held devices are provided to marine police stations and Fisheries Department officials to identify the genuine residents.

Home Secretary Asit Tripathy, Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Secretary Bishnupada Sethi and


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