About 17,000 people, caught in the gushing waters in flood-ravaged Kerala, were rescued by the Navy.
His statement came in response to a question on reports that some agencies involved in rescue efforts during the floods in August this year had given bills worth crores for rupees to the state government.
"Air Force has asked the state to pay over Rs 33.79 crore as the charge incurred for the rescue efforts during the deluge," Vijayan said last week.
He said the Navy considers such deployment "as part of our training.... it is part of our mandate and part of our operational deployment."
In all, the Indian Navy had rescued 16,843 people, of which 1,173 were airlifted.
Navy personnel, who were part of the rescue mission code named "Operation Madad" in Kerala, had displayed their skills and courage in rescuing thousands of people from the worst floods experienced by the state in a century.
Responding to another question on Indian Navy's injured sailor Commander Abhilash Tomy's return to his favourite sports, the vice admiral said he was sure that "he will be able to go back to sailing."
Abhilash had suffered severe injury when the main mast of his boat was ripped off in a storm in the high seas while participating in the Golden Globe Race in September.
"He suffered a very unfortunate accident. Fortunately, there was no injury to his spinal chord," the vice admiral added.
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