New Delhi: The Centre on Friday allocated Rs 20,000 crore for fishermen through the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY). This was part of the government's economic package to help rejuvenate India's economy.
Critical gaps in the value chain will be filled through the Yojana. The government will launch the PMMSY for "integrated, sustainable, inclusive development of marine and inland fisheries", said the Finance Ministry.
As much as Rs 11,000 crore out of Rs 20,000 crore is kept for activities in marine, inland fisheries and aquaculture. Meanwhile, the rest of Rs 9,000 crore is for creating infrastructure such as fishing harbours, cold chains and markets.
This will benefit some key activities such as cage-cutter, seaweed farming, ornamental fisheries, as well as new fishing vessels and their traceability, said the Centre in a press conference addressed by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
This ramping up of the infrastructure is likely to lead to additional fish production of 70 lakh tonne over the next five years, believes the government. The government has also talked about personal insurance of fishermen and their boats which may make their life a bit easier, after the lockdown.
Moreover, these efforts will lead to employment generation of as much as 55 lakh individuals, the Finance Ministry estimated. It will double the exports to Rs 1,00,000 crore, said the Centre. One of the few focus areas of the government will be the islands and the North-East, it added.