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Life-jackets, buoys now a must on fishing vessels

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PANAJI: The Goa Government has decided to make provision of life-jackets and buoys mandatory on fishing vessels as a preventive measure following the recent cyclone Phyan in which 68 crew on board Goan fishing trawlers went missing.

Replying to a question tabled during the Question Hour by BJP MLA Lakshmikant Parsekar on Tuesday, the first day of the four-day Legislative Assembly session, Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management Jose Philip D’Souza said the Government has initiated some steps to overcome or face such calamities in the future.

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat intervened in the discussion to announce that Doppler radar would be installed by the Indian Meteorological Observatory (IMO) to monitor and forewarn about any weather-related calamities.

Mr. D’Souza added that a control room is proposed to be set up in the State Fisheries Department in coordination with the IMO. It is also proposed to monitor the movement of fishing vessels for better coordination and communication.

The Government has advised fishing-trawler owners to install communication and distress alert equipment for which financial assistance available through a Centrally-sponsored scheme would be provided.

Fishing vessel owners are advised to carry transistors on board to receive weather bulletins, said the Minister.

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