Two of the key measures decided after the terrorist strikes were biometric identity cards for more than four lakh fishermen along the Indian coast and transponders on all Indian fishing vessels. Both projects are nowhere near completion.
The Centre provided Rs 72 crore to a consortium led by Bharat Electronics Limited, Bangalore for data gathering and issue of biometric cards. The performance report from Maharashtra on biometric cards is embarrassing. Till date, the state has not provided biometric cards to even a single fisherman, despite several intelligence warnings of a possible repeat of the Mumbai attack and west coast being very vulnerable to terror infiltration. The state has 164,595 fishermen who are to be provided biometric cards...