Indian Marine Fisheries Bill will be a boon for fishermen: L Murugan | Chennai News – Times of India


TIRUNELVELI: The Indian Marine Fisheries Bill 2021 will be a boon to fishermen as it will protect their rights, said Union minister of state for fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying and information and broadcasting L Murugan on Friday. This statement comes amidst strong protests staged by fishermen of the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu over the last few weeks, citing aspects in the Bill that would affect their livelihood once it is enacted.
Interacting with reporters in Tirunelveli, the Union minister said that wrong information was being propagated among the coastal populace with regard to the Bill with the intent of tarnishing the image of the Union government. He added that BJP cadre would dispel all the misconceptions in this regard.
Murugan said that the Bill was being discussed at various levels with fishermen and the other stakeholders of the sector before it is tabled before both the houses of the parliament. Ascertaining that Centre is for the welfare of fishermen, he recalled that that Rs 20,000 crore was allotted by the BJP government to benefit the coastal populace through various schemes during this financial year.
The minister said steps would be taken to construct metal multi-day deep sea mechanised fishing vessels under the 70% subsidy scheme (Rs 56 lakh out of the total cost of Rs 80 lakh) in Tamil Nadu. Fishermen switching from trawler boats to such boats under the scheme are now dependent on boat yards in Kochi and Puducherry to build the boats. The Union ministry would take the required steps to create such infrastructure in the state, he added.
Murugan did not respond to questions raised by journalists on the delay on the part of the Union government in taking a call on leasing the integrated vaccine complex at Chengalpet to the Tamil Nadu government to produce Covid-19 vaccines.

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