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PM to unveil fisheries scheme, projects for Bihar farmers

By Bhumika Bansal


Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana Showcase scheme of the Centre for the sustainable development for the fisheries business.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead over the digital launch of the (PMMSY) Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana on Thursday. The ₹20,050 crore scheme of Centre, approved in May by the cabinet, which is the part of the ₹20 trillion of boost package to rescue the struggling economy and aims to achieve sustainable and responsible development for fishers.

Modi is also ready to inaugurate projects in poll Bihar later in the day. "The PM will launch the e-Gopala App, a comprehensive breed improvement in market and information portal for the direct usage for farmers. Other initiatives in fisheries and animal husbandry sectors in Bihar state will also be launched by the prime minister on the occasion," the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said on Wednesday.

The launches will come just a few months onwards for the Bihar elections where the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), including the Janata Dal, has been facing difficult questions on reverse migration, unemployment, floods, and COVID-19 management. The Election Commission(EC) indicated that the poll process will be finished before the tenure of the Legislative Assembly ends on 29 November.

As part of the Atma Nirbhar Bharat package (ANBP), PMMSY focuses to improve the availability to verify quality fish seed and feed, create critical infrastructure, including modernization and build-up for value chains, create direct profitable employment opportunities for 1.5 million fisherfolk, fish farmers, workers, and vendors, besides others involved in fishing and federated activities in both rural and urban areas in India. It seeks to create more job opportunities and increase incomes.

Modi had launched the Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan in June, which aims to employ migrant workers who returned to their villages during the lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The Centre is also trying to speed up the cash transfers to rural households by leveraging the direct benefit of the transfer model.


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