Bhayandar: Four years after terrorists sailed into Mumbai and mounted a deadly attack on 26 November, 2008, local fisherfolk in Uttan were finally issued biometric cards on Tuesday.
Over 6000 fishermen in Thane taluka including 4000 from Uttan would be covered under the first phase of providing electronic identity empowering them with bonafide identification. The cards will have a unique ID number with finger prints, digital signatures, photographs and personal details including addresses stored in a chip.
Coastal security agencies will be provided with a card reader to access this information. The information will be utilised to set up a National Marine Fisheries database on all the fishermen in the country, officials said.
“The card will not only act as a valid identity, the card holder will be covered by a Rs.2 lakh prrsonal accident policy funded by the state and central government authorities.” Bernard D’mello said, adding that the card would protect fishermen from harassment caused by mistaken identity.