The Coast Guard launched a security awareness and medical campaign here on Wednesday to sensitisethe fishing community along the coastal regions of West Bengal and Odisha and integrate them into the coastal security mechanism for purposes of vigil.
The Governor of West Bengal, M.K. Narayanan, who inaugurated the campaign said: “I think it is an excellent initiative both in terms of improving the health of fishermen community and in making them act as a first line of defence, in case of a possible intrusion.”
The campaign also commemorates 37 years of the Indian Coast Guard that celebrates its raising day on February 1.
A 32-member team comprising personnel from the coast guard, marine police as well as members of the fishing community riding 16 motorcycles started the awareness campaign from the Raj Bhavan precincts, said a press release issued by the Press Information Bureau (Defence Wing).
The team, divided into two, will travel along two different routes including the Diamond Harbour (the State’s South 24 Parganas district) and Contai (Purba Medinipur district) fishing zones. The campaign will conclude at the Coast Guard enclave in the Manicktala area in the city on Saturday.
“During the campaign the teams will visit fishing hamlets en route and undertake community interaction programme and medical camps with the assistance of medical teams from Coast Guard and Calcutta Medical Research Institute,” the release said.