The government is all set to install tracking devices, free of cost, in small fishing vessels to monitor their movement along the coastline in order to deal with security threat.
The government had first thought of installing such devices after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
According to the proposal, the government will provide these devices free of cost to fishing vessels below 20 meters in length and the home ministry has sought the cabinet’s approval in this regard.
The government will spend around Rs 340 crore on the exercise.
The project will be implemented by the department of animal husbandry, dairy and fisheries under the agriculture ministry.
Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists had captured a small Indian fishing boat to reach Mumbai on November 26, 2008, to launch multiple attacks there.
A system is already in place to track fishing vessels above 20 meters in length.