They asked to abide by the warning issued in the wake of north-east monsoon
A sum of Rs.93.64 lakh has been sanctioned to the 5,207 beneficiaries towards relief under the ‘National Savings-cum-Relief Scheme for Marine Fishermen' in the district on Tuesday.
The sum included Rs.1,800 to each beneficiary. While Rs. 600 was the savings deposited by individual fisherman between January and September, an equal share of Rs. 600 was contributed by the Central and State government each. Collector B. Maheswari, distributed the cheques to the fishermen here.
In a press release, A.Jambunathan, Assistant Director of Fisheries, has advised the fishermen to abide by the warning being issued based on the weather bulletin in the wake of the onset of the monsoon. He advised the fishermen to have life jacket and other safety gadgets before venturing into sea.
Fishermen should be in possession of identity card and the relevant documents for the boats.
The registration number of boats should be prominently displayed.
In case of any technical snag of boats or any unforeseen condition, fishermen should seek the assistance of the Coastal Security Group, Coast Guard, or seek the assistance of the control room. Mr. Jambunathan also advised the fishermen to inform the officials of any strange objects or persons, if any.
K. A. Jayabal, Minister for Fisheries, gave away cheque totalling Rs. 4.89 crore to 27,253 fishermen under the scheme here on Tuesday. This apart, he also gave away cheques under the state government-sponsored scheme to benefit women members of fishing community. About 24,200 fisherwomen got Rs. 4.35 crore at the rate of Rs.1,800 each. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the assistance could not be disbursed earlier in the wake of the model code of conduct in force for the election to local bodies.
Collector D. Munusamy; M. Asia Mariam, District Revenue Officer; Nagai Mali, MLA, were among those who spoke.