Indian Coast Guard Conducts Special Community Interaction Programme at RK Bandar
Indian Coast Guard District Headquarters No. 15 (North Gujarat) conducted a Special Community Interaction Programme (CIP) at RK Bandar, Okha on 03 May 2023 in coordination with Fisheries Department, Indian Meteorological Department, Forest Department and Marine Police Okha.
The event, which was conducted in Gujarati and Hindi languages witnessed active participation of local fishermen. The programme focussed on educating the fishermen about the importance of carrying valid documents, lifesaving gears while venturing into sea for fishing, Carriage of Distress Alert Transmitter (DATs) for seeking assistance of Indian Coast Guard (ICG) whenever in distress and also not to venture at sea during fishing ban period. The fishing populace was briefed on how to use IMD website on their smartphones and institute measures whilst berthed ashore in case of adverse weather conditions. Exemption of non-motorized boats from this ban was also highlighted. Practical demonstrations were given about correct wearing of Life Jackets and correct usage of Lifebuoys. Fishing community were also informed regarding Search and Rescue (SAR) Help Line Toll Free Number 1554 for seeking SAR assistance at sea.
As part of International Year of the Millet-2023, the fishermen community was also informed about how Millets have plethora of health benefits and are also good for the environment, with low water input requirements.