Community Interaction Prog by CG at Shoal Bay

Port Blair
10 May 2018

The Coast Guard Regional Store Depot (PBR) and Coast Guard Refit and Production Team (PBR) jointly conducted a Community Interaction Programme at Shoal Bay on Wednesday to sensitize locals about safety and security at sea as well as providing impetus to Govt. of India flagship programme  ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’.
During the event the locals including fishermen were briefed about various safety precautions to be adhered whilst operating at sea, including use of safety equipment and gears. The fishermen were advised to carry all lifesaving equipment, boat registration papers including individual biometric ID cards. The Fishermen were also advised to operate in groups/buddy system, so that they can help each other during distress situations and also inform Coast Guard/ Police authorities. It has also been stressed upon avoiding fishing during bad weathers, carrying extra ration and fuel for survival in case of any emergency at sea, sensitization of family members for timely intimation of overdue in returning of boats from fishing, salient aspects related to A&N fishing rules and threat of poaching. As part of the Interaction, the usage of various life saving equipment and operation of Distress Alert Transmitter (DAT) was also demonstrated. They were sensitized for sharing any safety or security related information with Coast Guard and Police on helpline numbers 1554 and 1093 respectively.
Further, a lecture on ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ was delivered by CG officer to create awareness among mass to save and educate girl child and also to enlighten about innumerable schemes, Act & laws for right and protection of female/girl child. The villagers were also briefed about the decreasing Child sex ratio due to the prevalent illegal female foeticide and the resultant social issues due to the imbalance in male female ratio.