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Centre Sanctions Rs 45 Cr. Project for Shankarpur Fishing Harbour Sagar Parikrama, Phase-XII

Kolkata (PIB) January 10, 2024 : “Sagar Parikrama” is transformative journey planned across the coastal belt to show solidarity with the fisher folks, fish farmers and related stakeholders. Sagar Parikrama Phase-XII reached West Bengal after the successful journey of eleven phases of Sagar Parikrama Yatra.

Shri. Parshottam Rupala, the Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying (FAHD) GoI, led the Sagar Parikrama Phase-XII in presence of Smt. Neetu Kumari Prasad Joint Secretary, DoF, GoI, Dr L.N Murthy, Chief Executive, National Fisheries Development Board GoI, Fishermen Association and Fishermen Welfare, Govt. of West Bengal.

Sagar Parikrama Phase- XII program began with a warm welcome of Shri Rupala, by fishermen, and fisherwomen at Digha, Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal followed by interaction with beneficiaries (fishermen, fisherwomen, fish farmers etc.). An introductory address was given by Smt. Neetu Kumari Prasad, Joint Secretary, DoF, GoI enlightened on Sagar Parikrama Phase- XII who recognised the critical role of fishermen, fisherwomen, fish farmers and highlighted the benefits of the schemes implemented by Government of India such as Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) & Kisan Credit Card (KCC).

During the event, beneficiaries highlighted their concerns and challenges such as diesel subsidy etc. The Union Minister highlighted the objective of Sagar Parikrama was to interact with beneficiaries at their doorstep. He highlighted that approximately Rs 150 cr. amount of projects has been sanctioned under the PMMSY scheme which includes hatcheries, ornamental fish unit, insulated vehicles, fish feed meal, two-wheelers, auto rickshaw which results in around 750 fishermen got benefits of the district and approximately. He also informed that 16,000 KCC had been distributed to beneficiaries. He also said, necessary steps will be taken on the challenges being faced.
Proceeding further, Sagar Parikrama Yatra Phase-XII reached Shankarpur Fishing Harbour. The Union Minister and other public authorities interacted with beneficiaries. The Minister highlighted that approx. Rs 45 cr. amount of project has been sanctioned for Shankarpur Fishing Harbour. He has also shared his opinion that conducting the PMMSY scheme activities shall have a significant impact on the fisheries sector in India, aims to enhance the production, productivity of fish through the adoption of modern and scientific methods of fisheries. Beneficiaries shared their success stories and were happy to inform that they got benefitted with the assets (like two-wheeler with icebox) under PMMSY scheme.
Taking forward, Shri Rupala and other public authorities continued the on-ground interaction with fisherwomen, fishermen, fish farmersat various coastal regions such as Petuaghat Fishing Harbour, Bakkhali and Ganga Sagar of West Bengal. The Minister shared about the fisheries’ development opportunities with local people representatives.He has expressed his belief that the PMMSY programme will have a substantial impact on Indian Fisheries Sector.He thanked fishermen, fish farmer for sharing their experiences and suggesting the mechanism to augment the fisheries sector development.In all around approx. 4,200 fishermen, various fisheries stakeholders, scholars attended physically the Sagar Parikrama Phase- XII programme.

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