Govt Seeks Central Aid for Fishermen - The New Indian Express

Govt Seeks Central Aid for Fishermen

Published: 26th January 2014 09:47 AM

Last Updated: 26th January 2014 09:47 AM

The State Government has requested the Centre to make a special provision for financial assistance of nearly 10,000 fishermen who lost their houses in Phailin affected areas.

  Houses of more than 20,000 fishermen were damaged in the cyclone which hit the state on October 12. Official sources said that funds can be made available by the Centre from the centrally sponsored plan (CSP) scheme, ‘National Scheme of Welfare of Fishermen, Development of Model Fishermen Villages’, under which houses can be constructed.

  However, the existing unit cost of ` 50,000 under the aforesaid scheme is quite inadequate for construction of a house of 350 square feet. The unit cost has already been hiked to ` 75,000 in Integrated Action plan (IAP) districts.

  The State Government has requested the Centre to revise the unit cost to `75,000 in other areas also. Besides, the Centre has also been requested to extend support for the livelihood of affected fishermen with  subsidy to those who have lost their boats.

  As many as 5,199 boats had been fully damaged and 1,371 boats were partially damaged because of the severe cyclone. Under the CSP, ‘Motorization of Traditional Crafts’, central share of `6 crore is needed to be released early to take up the implementation of the programme.

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