Union Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Farming, L. Murugan, has announced that the Kisan credit card program will be extended to fishermen in order to provide them with loans at low interest rates. In his speech at the Fishermen Convention organized by the Kerala Pradesh Fishermen Group (BMS) in Munambam, Kochi on Monday, the minister said the central government’s commitment to fishermen was demonstrated by the fact that it had a separate department for fisheries Got created and set apart Rs 20,000 crore for the Aatmanirbhar Bharat campaign.
The MoS said: “For the first time in independent India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sanctioned Rs 20,000 billion for fishermen in the Atmanirbhar Bharat project.” He added that the government had allocated Rs. 7.5 billion to build integrated fishing villages with schools, health facilities, etc.
He also announced that fuel subsidies to fishermen will continue and said the Union government has penalized Rs 246 billion for fishermen in Kerala in Kerala alone over the past five years. Murugan said the government’s policy is to develop all fishing ports in India. (ANI)
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