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HC says fishermen should get maximum subsidy for transponders

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The Monday passed an order stating that the government should give fishermen the maximum subsidy for transponders.

A PIL was filed before a division bench comprising Justice S Manikumar and Justice by Care, an NGO, seeking direction to the Centre to refer all cases of violation of human rights of Indian fishermen by to the

Based on the PIL, the bench, in its order, said that considering the safety and security of the fishermen who land in problems day in and day out, it is the desire of the court that the government extend its maximum subsidy to the fishermen and submit a report by February 20.

The order was passed after the bench went through the report of the director of Fisheries, government, and the copy of the letter sent by the submitted by G Karthikeyan.

The court was informed by the (MEA) that it had no plans to provide to fishermen.

The ministry, in its letter to the general, said that based on the directive of the National Committee for Strengthening Maritime and Coastal Security, it had undertaken a proof of concept (PoC) pilot study to evaluate the developed by the (ISRO).

In this regard, the ISRO has informed that 1,050 MSS-based transponder terminals were being installed in 20-metre fishing vessels in and (500 terminals each) and Puducherry(50 terminals).

It further said that transponders are considered for fitment on the fishing vessels by the and the ISRO.

The Ahmedabad Earth Station hub (capable of handling upto 4,000 terminals) is supporting the PoC terminals.

Subsequently, the operations would be migrated to the

Stating further that presently 819 PoC are installed in the field in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and Gujarat, the ministry has informed that the has conveyed that it has no plans to provide to fishermen.

The MEA also informed that the transponders fitted in the mechanised boats were still in trial stage and their efficacy was being monitored by the ISRO.

Further, the development of and the required were also in the trial stage.

The fishermen have informed that the battery connected to the transponders drains out within 30 minutes after switching on.

Further, the fishermen have said the system was not switching on due to interference between and transponders.

Hence, it was suggested to conduct a field study at the to solve the issues.

Recording this, the bench posted the matter for further hearing to February 20.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 18:40 IST