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Fiscal doles for Odisha's sea-going fishermen

In a bid to enhance the livelihood stakes of sea-going fishermen in view of periodic ‘fishing ban’, nearly 10,000 families spread across the state are going to receive Rs 4,500 doles every year.

The sum is being provided to the marine fishermen to compensate their loss of occupation following April 15-June 14 fishing ban clamed every year, said officials.

 The ban is being imposed to conserve fish stock at sea during its breeding period. Fishermen have been instructed not to venture into the sea so as to avoid disturbances caused by the mechanized fishing vessels to marine organisms during the breeding season. During the ban period we  are providing the monetary compensation to the marine fishermen under the  government ‘s   ‘Livelihood Support to Marine Fishermen During Fishing Ban Periods’ scheme . This scheme is intended to provide financial assistance to only BPL marine fishermen adversely affected due to ban on account of marine fisheries resources conservation. Such assistance is aimed to strengthen the livelihood support of fishermen, said Joint director, marine fisheries department, Pratap Chandra Rout.

Under this scheme, BPL fisherman in the age group of 18 and 60 years would receive Rs.1500  for three months during the fishing ban period.

The state is home to 1.4 Lakh marine fishermen while 9,935 of them figure in the list of BPL category.

The sea-going fishermen from Kendrapara district which houses Gahirmatha marine sanctuary, are entitled for Rs 5,000-a-year additional package as they are being deprived of fishing within the prohibited Gahirmatha sanctuary for safeguarding the safety of endangered olive ridley sea turtles.

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