Chief Minister attended the Mahasammelan of Dhiwar Samaj and administered the oath for the newly elected office bearers of the fishermen society
Conditions for fishermen improve after Agricultural status given to Fisheries
the average fish productivity of Chhattisgarh has reached 4000 metric tonnes per hectare.
Zero percent loan facility given to fishermen
"Ever since our government was formed, expeditious work has been done for the economic empowerment of every section of the society, whether it is a farmer or a laborer or a fiaherman. Numerous works have been done for the betterment of the fishermen class. We have created Fisheries policy which is very conducive for people involved in fish farming and continous works are being done for the betterment of the ecosystem of fisheries. We have given agriculture status to fisheries, due to which now fishermen are availing zero percent loan facility. Conditions of the fishermen of the state has improved as they have started getting similar facilities like farmers. With this, the standard of living for fishermen is improving day by day, fishermen of the state are moving towards economic growth rapidly, and will contribute towards a better future for fisheries in India." Said Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel while addressing the Mahasammelan of Dhivar Samaj organized in the auditorium of the Agricultural University.
After the completion of the land allotment process to the fishermen community, he also talked about helping them build a well-equipped building for the society. The Chief Minister also administered the oath for the newly elected office bearers of the fishermen society.
The Chief Minister said that the average fish productivity of our state has reached 4000 metric tonnes per hectare. Progressive fish farmers have started producing 8000 to 10,000 metric tonnes per hectare by rearing improved species. State government run fisheries policies and the nature and environment of Chhattisgarh is completely conducive for fish farming. He further said that a favourable environment for fisheries is available in the state due to the geographical position and fisheries policies of our state, so there is a lot of potential for fisheries business. Moreover, Continous effort is being made by the government to increase fish production.
Along with villages, big dams are also being used for fish farming. Even in the courtyard of a house, people are indulging in fish farming by making a tank. He said that a provision has been made to provide 40 percent grant-in-aid to fish farmers on a unit of Rs 7.50 lakh to promote fisheries with bio-floc technology. The Chief Minister said that the schemes made by the government for the fishermen community should be prepared and distributed to the members of the society by making pamphlets and giving information about it in social meetings.
Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that for fish farming in the state, irrigation dams and reservoirs for water supply through canals were required in an area of 30,000 hectares, for which the fish farmers had to pay a fee of Rs. 4 per 10000 feet . But now there is no need for them to pay a single penny. Agriculture Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey said that since the formation of our government, it has been the intention of the Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel that the traditional fishermen society should be given priority over the fishery pond sources of the villages. Continuous work is being done by the government to protect their interests. Mr. Choubey said that some issues have been raised by the fishermen society, work will be done to resolve their issues accordingly. If any pond in a village is marked in the name of Nistari and if it is allotted to any other class and given for fisheries, then in such a situation necessary action will be taken by identifying the Panch, Sarpach of the concerned Gram Panchayat. He also assured the fishermen to rectify the confusion regarding the definition in the fisheries policy.
On this occasion, the Chairman of Fishermen's Welfare Board, Shri MR. Nishad also spoke to the gathering. Parliamentary Secretary Shri Kunwar Singh Nishad, Shri Vikas Upadhyay, Chairman of Chhattisgarh Home Construction Board Shri Kuldeep Juneja and guests were present on this occasion.2849