Free Onam kits for 5.95 lakh families

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government will distribute free Onam kits to as many as 5.95 lakh families coming under Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) scheme.

The Cabinet meet held today took the decision in this regard. The kits will be distributed by Supplyco.

This will cost the government Rs 6.91 crore. The Cabinet also decied to distribute 1 kg of sugar at Rs 22/kg rate to the 81 lakh card holders in the state through the ration shops. Rs 14. 72 cr is needed for this purpose.

Laws will be enacted to ensure the quality of fish sold and to streamline the fish auction. The Cabinet has given approval for the draft bill for this purpose. Currently, there are not restrictions on conducting fish auction at fish landing center, fishing harbor and fish market.

Hence, the auctioneers levy a huge amount as commission from fishermen. In order to solve this issue, the government intends to control the fish auction and related work.

The quality of fish is to be ensured before it reaches the consumer. The government plans to bring a system which ensures that fishermen get a fair price for the fish caught from sea. The name of the act will be Kerala Fish Auctioning, Marketing and Quality Control Act.

Sea rescue squad to be formed

The Cabinet decided to form a sea rescue squad to conduct rescue operations in the 222 fishing villages in the state. In the first stage, training will be provided to five groups comprising 15 persons. The squad is being formed by including fishermen. The squad members will be given training in power boat operation and operating sea safety equipment. The training will be provided with a daily stipend of Rs 700 and through a government-recognized establishment.

Rs 7.5 crore is needed for this purpose. This will be sanctioned from the Chief Minister’s disaster relief fund.

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