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Better amenities: Fisheries Minister S. Sarma flagging off a new bus purchased by Matsyafed for fisherwomen in the city on Wednesday.
Better amenities: Fisheries Minister S. Sarma flagging off a new bus purchased by Matsyafed for fisherwomen in the city on Wednesday.

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Credit facilities to be enhanced, says Sarma

Thiruvananthapuram: The State government intends to increase the loan facilities provided to fisherwomen as part of the welfare activities for fishworkers, Fisheries Minister, S. Sarma has said.

More credit will be allowed on the basis of their credit repayment history, he added. The Minister was speaking after flagging off the new buses purchased by Matsyafed for fisherwomen, under the tsunami rehabilitation scheme, here on Wednesday. In the current financial year alone, over Rs.20 crore had been allotted as interest-free loans to about 40,000 fisherwomen, he said.

The financial assistance given to fisherwomen would be increased in the coming years, Matsyafed Chairman V.V. Sasindran said.

Matsyafed had brought out three new buses with modern passenger amenities.

Each bus can carry 30 fisherwomen.

Music can be played in the buses and facilities for watching videos would also be introduced in due course. There is a separate storage for keeping fish in all the vehicles.

The buses will ply from Valiathura-Pallithura region to Neendakara and back on all days. By introducing the transport facility, Matsyafed is making it possible for fisherwomen to purchase fish directly from Neendakara, without the help of middlemen and sell it in the capital city, Mr. Sasindran said.

The women coming back from Neendakara with fish for sale would be dropped at prominent markets in the city.

V. Surendran Pillai, MLA, Matsya Board Chairman, Pulluvila Stanley and the Matsyafed Managing Director P. Kesavan Nair were present at the flag-off function.

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