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Have taken up rescue of missing fishermen with Centre: TN CM

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The today said it has appealed to the Centre to continue efforts to rescue fishermen who went missing due to

K Palaniswami said search and rescue efforts to locate missing fishermen was a task vested with the Centre.

"We have appealed to the Centre in this regard," he informed members in the assembly.

wrecked havoc in southern districts last month, particularly Kanyakumari.

The was responding to a query from of the Opposition M K Stalin, seeking information on search efforts as the had stated that it had called off rescue operations.

The quoted Banwarilal Purohit's address yesterday, which said that rescue efforts would be continued till every was rescued.

Palaniswami said the had borne the expenditure of Kanyakumari fishermen who volunteered and went on a rescue mission in their own boats to find their missing brethren.

As many as 3,522 fishermen safely returned to their bases, he said.

On January 7, Defence had said in that the had taken all possible steps to rescue the fishermen from November 30 last year.

To a question on the cyclone and missing fishermen, she said she had posted tweets every day about updates on search operations which continued till December 27.

On the still missing fishermen, the Minister said the government was aware of it and that she would hold discussions with the on sorting out the issue.

Answering member J G who sought advanced communication gadgets to fishermen so that they could be intimated in advance in times of cyclone, Palaniswami said he had sought a from the Centre to air weather bulletins to fishermen while they were at sea.

He said when visited Kanyakumari recently, the also sought 1,500

He had also requested Modi to set up a Naval station in Kanyakumari with amenities, including a helicopter landing pad and hi-tech communication facilities, he said

"You failed to do it when your (Congress) party was in power at the Centre," he told

Had it been done, fishermen could have been rescued immediately, he said.

Such a naval station would help rescue efforts in times of natural events like a cyclone, he added.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 19:15 IST