PANAJI: Union Minister for Fisheries Purshottam Rupala today said that the effects and impact of LED fishing will be evaluated scientifically.
“The effects of LED fishing and its impact will be evaluated scientifically only, after which I will come to a conclusion; we will study the issue both nationally and internationally,” said Rupala.
Rupala further emphasized the significance of the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojna (PMMSY) scheme and highlighted the multidimensional activities of the blue revolution.
He stressed the need to increase fisheries production and productivity, both in inland and marine sectors. This includes focusing on infrastructure development, marketing, exports, and institutional arrangements.
The minister also called for volunteers to actively create awareness about the schemes, enabling beneficiaries to take full advantage of the initiatives.
Minister discussed the promotion of the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) and shared that camps had been conducted in coastal districts of Maharashtra to raise awareness about KCC registration and its benefits.
As a gesture of support, he felicitated beneficiaries, including fishermen, fish farmers, and other stakeholders, with Kisan Credit Cards and QR Code Aadhar Card/E-Shram Cards.
Rupala enlightened the audience by sharing the concept of Sagar Parikrama and highlighted several key points. He emphasized the people-centric governance model and the significant investments made in the fisheries sector since 2014.
“The introduction of schemes like PMMSY with a budget of Rs. 20,500 crores, FIDF with a budget of approximately Rs. 8,000 crores, and the Blue Revolution with a budget of Rs. 3,000 crores, totaling an investment of around Rs. 32,000 crores, demonstrates the government’s commitment to the sector’s development,” he added.