Diesel fuelling station for fishermen


World Fisheries Day celebrated

A diesel fuelling station for the benefit of fisher people will be established in Kalapet, said Fisheries Minister P. R. Siva during celebrations of the World Fisheries Day on Saturday.

Government officials also handed over a cheque of Rs. 4,22,12,500 for the benefit of 16,885 fisher families to community representatives as per the modified lean season and natural calamities monthly financial assistance scheme through electronic fund transfer. While so far, fisher families were given Rs. 200 and clothes, from this year the monthly financial assistance during lean season and natural calamities has been enhanced to Rs. 2,500 per fisher family, said Fisheries Special Secretary T. Karikalan. The government also provided compensation of Rs. 2 lakh to the wife of fisherman Muniappan from Narambai who died at sea.

Mr. Siva outlined the government’s monthly pension scheme for fishermen ranging from Rs.1570 to Rs.3135 depending on age. He said the government was paying Rs.4000 as financial relief to fishermen during the annual fishing ban (by mechanised trawlers) period in May.

The government had paid Rs.10,000 to Rs.20,000 to 582 boat owners this year for maintenance of the boats during this ban period, he said. Mr. Siva said the government was also paying Rs.200 each to fisher families as rain-related flood relief. He also spoke about the education aid given to children of the fisher people. The programme organised by the Department of Fisheries and Fishermen Welfare, was also attended by Welfare Minister P. Rajavelu, Education Minister T. Thiagarajan, Speaker V. Sabapathy. MLA P.M.L. Kalyanasundaram and Fisheries Director R. Mary Chinna Rani. Mr. Thiagarajan and Mr. Rajavelu stressed on the empowerment of the fisher community through education. Mr. Rajavelu said that the government had taken note of the shortfalls in terms of welfare measure and will address them.

Meanwhile, Congress MLA K. Lakshminarayanan has issued a statement that the government has been inadequate in its response to the concerns of the fisher people, referring in particular to the recent heavy rains and stating the government had implemented no relief measures. He stated his dissatisfaction over the government’s response as the reason for skipping programme on Saturday. Mr. Lakshminarayanan also questioned why the government had not utilised the funds from the World Bank of Rs.3 lakh each for the construction of houses for fisher people and the Rs. 180 crore in support of the livelihood of fisher people.

Mr. Lakshminarayanan further added that the government had done very little about the welfare of the fishing community in the last four years

‘The government was paying Rs.4000 as financial relief to fishermen during the annual fishing ban (by mechanised trawlers) period in May’

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