As part of 'Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav' launched by Government of India, various fishermen community interaction programmes were initiated simultaneously by the Indian Navy along the West coast of India. The activity coordinated by Western Naval Command saw several teams comprising personnel from Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Coastal Security Police and representatives of State Fisheries Department visited more than 50 fishing villages along the coasts of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, and Karnataka on 12 Mar 21, the day of commencement of the Mahotsav.
The opportunity was utilised to strengthen the bond between coastal security agencies and fishermen who operate in the same environment. As part of this interaction, various activities like lectures on aspects of safety, coastal security, the vital role of fishermen in supporting security agencies, and demonstrations on use of Life Saving and portable Fire Fighting Equipment at sea were conducted.
Naval teams from Karnataka Naval Area visited coastal villages of Karwar taluka which included Tadadi, Honavar, Kumta, Majali, Baithkol, Mudaga, Belekeri and Ankola. The Goa Naval Area teams carried out interaction programmes with fishermen community at Chapora and Chicolna villages.
The teams from Gujarat Naval Area visited various coastal villages that included Subhash Nagar, Miyani, Navi Bandar, Madhavpur, Kuchudi, Odadar, Beyt Dwarka, Dwarka, Okha and Aarambada. Similarly, the naval teams belonging to Maharashtra Naval Area visited over 30 fishing villages all across the state. The event saw enthusiastic participation from the fishing community and naval teams were warmly received at every village they visited.