Akshaya casts a Net for fisher folk

Staff Reporter

To set up centre at Munambam harbour

Permission from Fisheries Joint Director awaited

KOCHI: The fisher folk and workers at the Munambam harbour will soon be dabbling with keyboard and mouse alongside fishing nets and fish.

The Ernakulam district project office of Akshaya is planning to set up an Akshaya centre at the harbour.

District Collector A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish, who is also the chief coordinator of the Akshaya project in the district, has already given permission to the venture.

“We are now awaiting permission from the Fisheries Joint Director, though an in-principle approval has been received,” P.R. Saljith, entrepreneur of the permanent Akshaya centre at Pallipuram village, said.

“We are hopeful of getting permission within a couple of days,” Velayudha Chettiyar, Assistant District Coordinator of the Akshaya project, said. “The centre will be set up by the first week of January,” Mr. Saljith said.

The centre will serve as a sub-centre of the main Akshaya centre operating at Pallipuram.

To begin with, the centre will have seven systems and three instructors. If needed, more instructors and systems will be pressed into service, Mr. Saljith said. The decision to open a centre exclusively for the harbour is the culmination of a longstanding demand of those working there, Mr. Chettiyar said.

The plan is to hold at least 20-day training for the 500-odd workers there. Though the deadline for completing e-literacy ends this year, Mr. Saljith is confident of getting extension for this particular centre.

“Besides, those interested can continue training at the main centre,” Mr. Saljith said.

The centre will function in keeping with convenience of the workers. They will have to be trained depending on their free time. As such, the centre will operate in the night as well, Mr. Chettiyar said.

The harbour has two buildings fit for the operation of the centre. However, a decision on the building is yet to be made.

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